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Henry: I love to see Leeds play, it's extraordinary

Fri 15 January 2021 | 17:19

Arsenal legend admires Marcelo Bielsa and his attacking football.

The Yorkshire side

has displayed attacking football since their promotion to the

Premier League

but many have criticized

Marcelo Bielsa

for not giving enough attention to his side’s defensive problems. Leeds were eliminated from the FA Cup by League Two side Crawley Town last week but

Thiery Henry

says he’s happy that the Argentinian coach has stuck to his philosophy. 

In an interview with 

So Foot

, Henry said:

"I love to see Leeds play, it's extraordinary. I also continue to watch Ligue 1, whether it's Brest, Lens - I'll watch everything I can.

"The game is an alternation: you can't always play long and you can't always play short. You have to vary.

"When you look closely, how many teams in history went down because they were playing long balls and how many teams went down because they were trying to build from the back? It is not that clear.

"You can win a championship by playing counter-attack, or by having 80 per cent possession in the opposing half. The same goes the other way. I just wish all philosophies were respected."

Asked about his short spell as manager at


, He responded:

"Sofiane Diop, Benoit Badiashile, Romain Faivre - the success of these players does not mean that I was right or wrong. These are players that I helped to mature as best I could and I'm happy for that, because you tell yourself that you saw something, and that was not wrong. 

"I thank Monaco again for giving me the opportunity. Yes, I like to take risks, build from the back, and yes, sometimes it can look silly when you lose the ball.

"The important thing is to keep your philosophy. You can change your system, make it evolve, but the important thing is it is to be in agreement with its ideals.

"Look what Marcelo Bielsa is doing in the Premier League: he can win 4-0 or lose 4-0, but ultimately everyone is watching Leeds. This is also what I like. But be careful, you will never see me criticise the approach of another coach."

source: SportMob