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they have the re­sources and whether they get that bit of luck with in­juries that they haven’t had at all. There’s a real ex­cite­ment but there’s also a feel­ing of, ‘It’s Leeds, it can go wrong at any time’.”

Bielsa’s pref­er­ence for a small squad, con­fi­dence in his youth play­ers to cope when the in­juries have mounted and in­cli­na­tion to keep at­tack­ing, to try to win ev­ery game, is a high-risk strat­egy. But any at­tempts to mit­i­gate this in style and re­cruit­ment would feel more like emas­cu­la­tion than com­pro­mise. Leeds hired him know­ing his meth­ods and are where they are be­cause they have em­pow­ered and en­trusted him.

“He has in­stilled a be­lief in the play­ers that his ideas and way of play­ing the game is the way to go about it,” says Gray. “The play­ers are all buy­ing into it and every­body’s in har­mony.”

Even with ma­jor fit­ness con­cerns for Pablo Her­nan­dez, who has made 10 goals and scored an­other seven, Bielsa says: “We

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