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Ex-Leeds star compares O’Leary’s ‘naive’ group to Bielsa period

Danny Mills has in contrast David O’Leary’s Leeds group to the Marcelo Bielsa period and admitted the group had been too predictable.

Leeds loved their finest interval of the Premier League period beneath the administration of O’Leary, who guided the membership to the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 2000, and the Champions League’s final 4 a 12 months later.

Regardless of a wealth of expertise and memorable runs in Europe, Leeds had been unable to win a trophy beneath O’Leary earlier than the membership’s monetary meltdown decimated a proficient squad.


Requested what was lacking to show Leeds into silverware winners, Mills – who made 141 appearances between 1999 and 2003 – mentioned there was naivety on the pitch.

“If I’m sincere I believe we solely had a technique of taking part in, a bit bit like Marcelo Bielsa’s group for these that may’t keep in mind 20 years again, Mills instructed The Soccer Devoted at an occasion hosted by 888sport

“We had been high-tempo, excessive power, aggressive. We might attempt to rating within the first half, the primary 20 minutes of video games and try to steamroller groups that manner.

“We had been a bit bit naive. I believe with a extra skilled supervisor and higher teaching, we’d have accomplished higher in opposition to the highest groups. We went out and tried to win each single recreation, within the first half of the sport.

“We struggled in opposition to the highest 5 – 6 groups, in and round us, we very hardly ever beat them and didn’t typically choose up attracts. Some would name us flat-track bullies for those who like. We struggled to take factors in opposition to these prime groups and that was finally our downfall as a result of we had a technique of taking part in and that was it.


“I examine it to Marcelo Bielsa’s group as a result of we had been excessive power and excessive tempo. We had Plan A. If Plan A didn’t work, we nonetheless solely had Plan A. There wasn’t actually a Plan B.

“We had a improbable squad and improbable gamers, however perhaps a extra skilled supervisor would have gotten us nearer to a title or trophy.”

Learn – Danny Mills: Biggest XI of former teammates

See extra – Danny Mills unique: Leeds recollections, England and extra

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