4-3-3The player selection for a 4-3-3 is very similar to the 4-2-3-1, as in Bielsa’s system many of the roles are the same. The biggest difference comes from the playmaker dropping deeper to provide extra support in midfield.However, he is still required to provide an attacking output, and Saiz remains the best option for this role.Against strong opposition, the 4-3-3 will allow Leeds to hold the ball better in the middle of the park, and will limit the chances of them being overrun through the centre of the pitch. If Bielsa wanted to further shore up his side, Baker could replace Saiz in the attacking role – his physicality will be useful in the defensive phase – with someone like Adam Forshaw coming into the side to provide a steadying presence in the middle of the park. 6 Guide dog celebrates Leeds’ winning goal in most heartwarming video of the season doomed? REPLY impact THE BIG INTERVIEW watch The 2018/19 season is shaping up to be an exhilarating one for Leeds United fans, with serious hopes of a return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence.The Whites have somehow secured the services of one of the most highly-rated managers in world football, Marcelo Bielsa, and they seem willing to back their new boss by spending big in the transfer market. ‘HORRENDOUS CUT’ Awful Pressing has been a key part of Bielsa’s philosophy, and the frantic style utilised, and the energy required to do so, has often been seen as one of the reasons the Argentine’s teams falter towards the end of the season.Two of the key players in Bielsa’s system are the full-backs, who have to be extremely energetic. Not only do they perform as traditional attacking full-backs, by pushing high up the pitch to help in the final third, but they also move inside to act as shuttlers on either side of the midfield. If the defensive midfielder drops into defence, the system starts to resemble a 3-4-3 with a diamond midfield.Now we’ve taken a look at Bielsa’s historic tactical approach to the game, how could Leeds line-up in the same systems?4-2-3-1The most likely base tactic Bielsa will use at Elland Road is the 4-2-3-1, as it is flexible enough to slightly alter on a game-by-game basis depending on the opposition.Pablo Hernadez and Ezgjan Alioski look perfect choices for the wide roles in attack, while Samuel Saiz has show he has all the skills required to excel in the number 10 position. Moving down the pitch, Lewis Baker – signed on loan from Chelsea – can provide the link between defence and attack as he has a fine range of passing and is willing to push forward and shoot when given the opportunity.Leeds want to bring Kyle Bartley back to Elland Road after his successful loan spell in 2016/17, and if they manage to complete that deal, and keep Pontus Jansson around, the Whites will have one of the best central defensive pairings in the Championship. Every Championship club’s 2019/20 relegation odds 6 Glen Johnson reveals Saido Berahino’s toxic attitude in brutal five-minute chat Bielsa was named Leeds boss earlier this summer predicted xi Luke Ayling is a solid enough right-back option, while young left-back Tom Pearce has a real opportunity to make a first-team place his own; Bielsa is likely to love the attacking approach the 20-year-old brings to the game.Two further signings Leeds want to make would see them strengthen at both ends of the pitch. Matej Vydra, the Derby County forward, is a target, and he’s been left out of the Rams’ travelling squad for a pre-season trip to Tenerife. As the Championship’s top scorer last season, with 21 goals, and having proven his ability while at Watford, Leeds will be signing one of the most reliable goal scorers outside the top flight.Bielsa also wants to add a goalkeeper to his squad following Felix Wiedwald’s departure to Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this summer. David Stockdale, of Birmingham City, and Manchester City’s Angus Gunn are named as targets, and Bielsa could use his relationship with Pep Guardiola to bring England Under-21 international Gunn to Elland Road.A highly-rated keeper, who is especially brilliant with the ball at his feet, Gunn would sweep out of his area and allow Leeds to build play from the back, in the same way Claudio Bravo – also currently of Man City – did for Bielsa’s Chile side. 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Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Forest Green keeper reveals gruesome injury after taking boot to the face There is no guarantee of success – as there never is – and with Bielsa the chance of seismic collapse seems just as likely as a return to the Premier League.Nonetheless, the upcoming campaign promises to have Leeds playing some of their greatest football in recent memory, with Bielsa remarkably concerned with the aesthetic side of the game.The Argentine, 62, is well known for the famous 3-3-1-3 formation he utilised to relative success while manager of his country’s national team, and then Chile’s national side.The system was brilliant for Argentina in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, but at the finals tournament they were eliminated at the group stage.Eight years later, Bielsa took Chile to the World Cup finals by finishing second in South American qualifying, and they went one better than his Argentina team in 2002, being knocked out by Brazil in the round-of-16. Unlucky 6 6 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Bielsa utilised a 3-3-1-1 while Chile manager, and a 3-3-3-1/4-2-3-1 hybrid at Marseille 3-3-1-3If Bielsa wants to have any chance of playing his favoured 3-3-1-3 formation, bringing in another centre-half is a must, to play alongside Bartley and Jansson.Juan Foyth, the Tottenham youngster, has been linked with a move to Yorkshire due to Bielsa’s relationship with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. The highly-rated youngster would likely jump at the chance to be guaranteed consistent minutes under a manager of his nationality who would play the kind of football he will likely play when he breaks though at Tottenham.The full-backs are pushed forward into wing-backs in this system, but Pearce and Ayling seem well suited such roles; Ayling, who is able to play in central midfield, seems a perfect fit for the team with Bielsa wanting his wide players to push inside and provide support from the middle of the park.Saiz would likely be dropped for Baker in the 3-3-1-3, with the latter a more driving presence in the middle of the park. However, Saiz could be utilised if Bielsa wants his front four to rotate amongst themselves, with Hernandez, Alioski and Vydra all dropping deep and wide at various times. This was an incredible achievement for the nation given the lack of talent in the player selection pool, but there was a level of disappointment about Chile’s performances. Despite playing by far the most attacking football at the tournament, in true Bielsa style, La Roja scored just three goals in four matches – a tally far lower than anyone expected.After leaving Chile in 2011, Bielsa spent time at Athletic Bilbao and then Marseille, where he largely opted against his 3-3-1-3 system for one main reason; with Chile, Bielsa always wanted a spare defender at the back, and against teams with two strikers – as many South American sides played in the late 2000s – a three-at-the-back formation kept this spare man available.In Spain and France, against teams who favoured a long forward, Bielsa altered his system to something resembling a 4-2-3-1, though it was flexible enough to become a 4-3-3 (if the wingers pushed high and the attacking midfielder dropped deep), a 4-2-1-3 (if the wingers pushed high and the attacking midfield remained in the no.10 position), or even the classic 3-3-1-3 (if the full-backs moved into midfield and the deepest holding player dropped into the back line). 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