Marcelo Bielsa on the brink after Leeds come close to dropping by Harry Kane-inspired Spurs

  • Spurs lead 3-0 at half-time
  • Leeds squander a lot of chances and concede 60th goal of the season
  • Kane and Son combine for Premier League goal for record 37th time
  • Bielsa’s job hangs by a thread

HHow much more of this can Leeds United handle? How bad can it get before people start deciding it’s not going to get better again under Marcelo Bielsa?

It seems flippant to talk about a crisis in Leeds, to discuss things like relegation fears spreading through the city, as Kyiv residents currently battle Russian tanks, bombs and cruise missiles with machine guns in a terrible fight for survival.

Football can seem out of place when there is so much real-life drama and the threat of global conflict intensifies. But for 90 minutes, at least, it was all about football at Elland Road and it was not good for Leeds.

“It’s not just this game, it’s a succession of results,” Bielsa said, acknowledging an increasingly bleak situation. “It is impossible that you do not feel bad…”

There were loud boos for his side – anger at how dismal the first-half performance, in particular, had been, dismay at how easy it was for Spurs to score three goals in one half. time.

Tottenham lost 1-0 to fellow relegation-threatened side Burnley in midweek and had lost four of the last five, prompting Antonio Conte to speak out about the threat to his own job during an emotional meltdown at Turf Moor.

Conte looked unsteady, his players flaky, but they overtook their hosts with Tottenham’s two Harrys, Kane and Winks, particularly impressive.


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