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Brentford 1-2 Leeds: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 23 May 2022

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The 2021/22 Premier League campaign has officially come to an end following the final set of 10 fixtures on Sunday, and what a wild ride it was. We had action at both the top and the bottom of the table and in London, we saw Leeds United defeat Brentford 2-1 to retain their place in English football’s top flight.

Today, we’re going to take a look at a few things we learned coming away from this dramatic encounter.

The Marsch effect

Jesse Marsch was facing an uphill challenge when he came into the fold as Leeds’ new manager, especially when you consider just how beloved Marcelo Bielsa was throughout the core of his tenure with the Yorkshire-based side. Still, he clearly has an inspirational message that he’s able to get across to his squad, and he’s managed to get them playing in a way that has kept them up – even if by the skin of their teeth.

Stunning Brentford

Brentford finish the season with 46 points to their name and with a 13th place position to take home, and when you think about how many people were writing them off before a ball was even kicked, we’d say that’s pretty impressive. The Bees stuck to a style of football that a lot of folks didn’t think would translate to the Premier League but it has, and they should be proud. At the same time, guarding against second season syndrome will be crucial in the summer.

Uncertain future

Raphinha, Phillips, any number of others – it’s really hard to tell what’s going to happen to Leeds in the next few months. The plan is for them to build this squad up to the point where they don’t have to think about another relegation battle, but it isn’t that easy at this level. Their top names are going to have a lot of interest surrounding them and we’re intrigued to see how Marsch handles that pressure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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