Leeds United pundit tells Marsch to make 'massive' change vs Chelsea

By Noel Whelan

11th May, 2022 | 9:53am

Leeds United employee tells Jesse Marsch to make 'massive' change after what he's seen

Leeds United should employ a five-man defence in their “massive game” against Chelsea on Wednesday (11 May), according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Jesse Marsch’s side showed promise when deploying the system against Man City last month (30 April).

Marsch reverted to a flat back four during the 2-1 loss against Arsenal on Sunday (8 May) – but was forced to change into a back five after Luke Ayling’s first-half sending off.

Leeds United sit 18th in the Premier League table with just three games against Chelsea, Brighton, and Brentford remaining.

Whelan insisted the five-man defence is the “best option” for Marsch heading into the Elland Road clash.

“We looked good against Man City with that five at the back formation,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“I believe we have the capability to really hurt teams on the counterattack with the wingbacks and the pace from our front three.

“The result against Man City flattered them, really, because we were defensively solid for much of that game.

“We need to be mindful of Chelsea, their quality and their big stars. But we can’t be a sponge – we’ve got to try and stamp our authority in what is a massive game.

“We’ve got the capability and the players to hurt them. But I think that five-man defence is the best option.”

Leeds United also used a 5-4-1 system under Marcelo Bielsa earlier this season.

Jamie Shackleton and Raphinha are top candidates to replace Ayling at right wing-back – who is suspended for the final three games of the season.

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