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Leeds’ Opening Goal Against Stoke An Example Of Bielsa Ball At Its Finest

Leeds United took the lead against Stoke City thanks to a goal from Northern Irish international Stuart Dallas in the 40th minute of their game at the Bet365 Stadium.

The Whites were going into this game top of the Championship with their opponents sitting bottom after just one point in their first four games.

Stoke started the game captained by 18-year-old Irish defender Nathan Collins, with James McClean also featuring in his new role at left-back.

The Potters, desperate for a victory, began the game well but Leeds have been sensational this season under Marcelo Bielsa and began to find their feet in the first period.

They took the lead in the 40th minute of the game through right-back Stuart Dallas and the goal was a prime example of everything we’ve come to expect from Bielsa’s side.

Throughout the last two seasons Leeds’ attacking, free-flowing and high-pressing style of football wowed many in the Championship despite the Whites failing to secure promotion last season after a dramatic defeat in the playoff semi-final to Derby County.

For this goal, midfielder Adam Forshaw picks up the loose ball just inside the Stoke City half and runs at the defence playing it forward into Jack Harrison who had come inside to receive it – a run which freed up Dallas for a run at McClean in the left-back area.

With his first touch, Harrison lays it off to Pablo Hernandez and the Spaniard again with just one touch, plays a beautifully weighted ball into the space between the centre-back and the left-back for Dallas to run onto.

The Northern Irish international beats McClean for pace and doesn’t have to break stride as his first time finish finds the back of the net beautifully.

Leeds have since taken a two-goal lead against their hosts and it looks as though Bielsa’s side will finish the day top of the Championship with Stoke City bottom.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]