Leeds United cruised to a 3-1 victory over Bristol City on Sunday to kick off their campaign in style. Goals from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison sealed a comfortable victory for the West Yorkshire side. This tactical analysis will look at how they did so.
It wasn’t quite the frenetic levels of Bielsa-ball we saw for much of last season from United, and City did their part in containing them. But it was still a dominant display from Leeds, who cracked the deadlock thanks to a wonderful strike from Hernandez. Bamford and Harrison then added close-range efforts in the second half.
A late strike from Andreas Weimann inspired a flurry of attacks in the last 10 minutes for the Robins, but it was too little too late as Leeds claimed all three points at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City went with a 4-2-3-1 shape, that often leant more towards a 4-4-1-1. Famara Diedhiou led the line for the Robins acting as a target man but was generally isolated throughout the match.
Kasey Palmer showed glimpses of his talent in the No10 role, but City never really saw enough of the ball to really let him shine.
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