Will Bielsa’s magic wear off?

After last season’s thrilling, but ultimately doomed, promotion bid, what now for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds?

The good news is that Bielsa is staying, which looked briefly in doubt after the play-off defeat by Derby. The potential bad news is that at his previous clubs, Bielsa’s magic has typically started to wear off the longer he has been in charge. The consensus has generally been that his hugely demanding style eventually wears out the players and leads to burnout.

Bielsa has bristled at this perception, and denied suggestions last season that Leeds’ relatively poor second half of the campaign was a result of the players wilting physically.

We can expect no let-up…

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