Marcelo Bielsa bemoans loss of control after heart-stopping Leeds United win

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Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United go into 2020 alive and kicking, top of the Championship, after a heart-stopping nine-goal thriller at Birmingham City.

The Whites went 2-0 up and lost control as Birmingham hit back to level, before Leeds hit the front another three times for a 5-4 win.

Leeds United celebrate after Wes Harding's own goal gives them a 5-4 win at Birmingham City (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Leeds United celebrate after Wes Harding's own goal gives them a 5-4 win at Birmingham City (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Bielsa quipped: “I am alive,” after the game, when questioned over the state of his heart.

But everything he knows to be true about his side appeared to go out the window in a crazy game.

“All the previous analysis about our team, we saw the opposite,” he said.

“We had high efficiency to score and we are a team that needs a lot of chances to score. We didn’t have safety in defence. We have conceded goals that normally we would think we’re in good condition to avoid.”

All the previous analysis about our team, we saw the opposite.

Marcelo Bielsa

Failing to manage the match at 2-0 up led to remarkable scenes.

Bielsa wanted more control and admitted the attacking spirit of his side was both their downfall and their saving grace.

“We should have controlled the match better in the first half,” he said.

“It was difficult. In the first part of the second half the match had no definition, even though we improved.

Luke Ayling fires in a shot which is deflected off Wes Harding (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Luke Ayling fires in a shot which is deflected off Wes Harding (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

“After 2-2 the match was strange. It was goal for goal. The spirit of the team.

“Every time Birmingham scored we had energy to go for one more goal.”

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