Leeds supervisor Jesse Marsch suffered a 1-0 defeat at Leicester in his first recreation accountable for the Premier League strugglers, whereas Liverpool ready for his or her likelihood to shut the hole on leaders Manchester City in a while Saturday.
Marsch has been employed to save lots of Leeds from relegation after changing Marcelo Bielsa.
But he was unable to spark a right away enchancment in Leeds’ fortunes as Harvey Barnes bagged the second half winner in his one hundredth Premier League look.
Defeat was merciless on Marsch’s facet, who dominated for lengthy durations, however Leeds have misplaced their final 5 video games and sit simply two factors above the relegation zone.
Marsch is simply the second American to take cost of a Premier League membership after Bob Bradley’s transient spell at Swansea in 2016.
The 48-year-old has already been derided in some quarters as Leeds’ personal Ted Lasso, in reference to the hapless American appointed as supervisor of a fictional English staff in a present tv comedy present.
Few US coaches have succeeded in Europe and Marsch acknowledged this week that the Lasso character added to the stigma as he ready for his first style of the Premier League.
Marsch, dismissed by RB Leipzig in December after a disappointing five-month spell, has an enormous job on his arms to alter perceptions whereas retaining Leeds afloat.
Bielsa was worshiped by Leeds supporters after masterminding their membership’s long-awaited return to the Premier League.
But, whereas Bielsa awoke the sleeping big, his cussed refusal to alter his attacking game-plan was uncovered in Leeds’ second season again within the top-flight.
There have been indicators on this well-drilled show that Marsch could possibly assist shore up Leeds’ protection however time is working out to maintain them up.
Making two modifications to the Leeds line-up as Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo got here in, Marsch practically loved a dream begin when Daniel James compelled a great save from Kasper Schmeichel early on.
Former Leeds keeper Schmeichel was compelled into motion once more moments later to repel Jack Harrison’s effort.
Bielsa was well-known for his curious behavior of sitting on a bucket throughout video games, however Marsch was a whole distinction as he urged his gamers on whereas continuously transferring round his technical space.
Leeds followers sung about Bielsa all through the match, however Marsch’s title was additionally chanted by the touring hordes throughout their staff’s promising begin.
Rodrigo shot over after Harrison’s move gave him a sight of objective, whereas the Spaniard additionally appealed in useless for a penalty following Caglar Soyuncu’s problem.
Jamie Vardy was making his first begin of 2022 after coming off the bench to mark his return from a hamstring harm with a objective in Leicester’s midweek win at Burnley.
But Vardy’s presence could not encourage Leicester in a spluttering first half for the Foxes, whose finest likelihood was a header straight at Illan Meslier from Wilfred Ndidi.
Leeds stored up the strain after the interval and James noticed his shot deflect narrowly extensive off Raphinha earlier than Rodrigo’s header drew an excellent save from Schmeichel.
Only Schmeichel stood between Leeds and victory because the Dane brilliantly denied Raphinha’s close-range effort.
But Bielsa’s reign had imploded with 20 targets conceded in his last 5 matches.
Leeds hadn’t stored a clean-sheet since November and as soon as once more they have been uncovered on the again as Barnes put Leicester forward towards the run of play within the 67th minute.
Barnes performed a one-two with Kelechi Iheanacho earlier than guided a composed end previous Meslier from inside the realm.
Later on Saturday, Liverpool can transfer inside three factors of table-topping City in the event that they beat West Ham at Anfield.
City play Manchester United on Sunday, giving Jurgen Klopp’s facet an opportunity to pile strain on the champions earlier than the derby on the Etihad Stadium.
Elsewhere, Chelsea go to Burnley for his or her first league recreation since Roman Abramovich introduced his intention to promote the membership amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.