Jesse Marsch: The jubilant American appreciates his team’s mentality after rescuing Leeds from relelgation

Jesse Marsch, The jubilant American appreciates his team's mentality after rescuing Leeds from relelgation

Jesse Marsch: Leeds United made the decision to sack Marcelo Bielsa in late February. Jesse Marsch was given the task of rescuing Leeds from relegation. The former Leipzig coach, despite taking until the final matchday to do so, guided Leeds to safety.

Speaking following the club’s 2-1 win against Brentford spoke in a press conference. “It was a hot day – not easy for either team,” he told Sky Sports.

“We got the lead, which was important and I thought the start was really good. When we were up two men we still didn’t want to leave it up to fate, we tried to push the winner to secure our fate. This group has been able to dig deep in injury time and find goals and the character is clear and it’s a privilege to work with these guys.

“We talked about how to play in the heat, how to manage the game, how to stay focussed for every moment. It was weird that we gave up a goal when we went up a man.

“We tried to update the players on the Burnley score but the focus on us was most important. It’s hard to concentrate and be connected for 90 minutes on days like this but this is typical of our group – they never stop believing and it’s a credit to our mentality.

“It wasn’t easy to manage and I was trying to think of ways to help the group tactically. And to be fair, we have had good performances. It’s just trying to put it all together that hasn’t always looked perfect. The stress has been high for three months. I’ve tried to stay calm and focus on us and you see the quality of the mentality and character.”


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