Leeds United morning headlines as Marcelo Bielsa ‘genius’ explained and Pablo Hernandez spat

Here are the Leeds United morning headlines for Wednesday, July 1.

Leeds favourite explains his Marcelo Bielsa ‘obsession’

Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford has explained why the club’s current coach, Marcelo Bielsa, is a “genius”.

The fan favourite, who was back at Elland Road on commentary duty for United’s draw with Luton Town last night, gave an interview with talkSPORT in which he described the Argentinian’s qualities as a manager.

“He is a phenomenal person,” he said.

“He doesn’t look at football the same way any normal person does. He’s obsessed with football, he’s obsessed with tactics, he’s obsessed with getting it right every opportunity he gets.

“He doesn’t leave anything to chance. You can see the frustration when somebody doesn’t pay attention to his points.

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“He’s got these thoughts in his mind and nobody can tell him anything else – because he’s a genius.”

Bielsa pinpoints familiar failings in Luton draw

Tuesday evening saw third-place Brentford gain two points on Leeds in the race for automatic promotion, after Bielsa’s men could only draw 1-1 with relegation battlers Luton.

Stuart Dallas equalised midway through the second half after Hatters substitute Harry Cornick put them ahead on the counter, but Leeds couldn’t find a match-winner in spite of registering 75% possession and nine shots on target, as Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford spurned chances late on.

“The opponent needed one, two chances to score and we needed 12 chances at least to score one,” said Bielsa in his post-match press conference.

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“I think what happened today is something good for our team.

“We played against a team defending with all their players in the box and we had 12 or 15 chances. We allowed the opponent to shoot just twice. That is something positive for us, but we cannot ignore the lack of efficiency was a weak point for our team.

“It is a match that we should have won easily because it was even clearer than the match of Cardiff regarding what happened on the pitch.”

Here’s what the United manager had to say in full after a disappointing night at Elland Road.

Nathan Jones explains post-match Pablo Hernandez spat

Leeds midfielder Pablo Hernandez looked to take exception to something Nathan Jones said after last night’s match, remonstrating with the Luton boss on the pitch.

Jones had said something to the 35-year-old in Spanish, prompting a heated exchange between the pair shortly after the full-time whistle.

Speaking after the match, Jones didn’t go into detail about exactly what was said, but took responsibility and apologised.

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“My fault,” he said. “We had a little bit of an argument in his native tongue. I apologise. It was me. I probably said something that I shouldn’t have said. Nothing malicious or anything and I wanted to make sure that I spoke to him because it was my fault.

“Nothing in it really, but I wanted to make sure. I have the utmost respect for this Leeds team. They’re the best team, I know people here, I’ve worked with people who have played in this side. It was a great point.”

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