Brentford boss Thomas Frank has claimed that the way Leeds United press sets them apart from every other side in the Championship.
The Whites were held 1-1 at Griffin Park last night, with mistakes from both goalkeepers leading to the only goals of the game.
With Kalvin Phillips back in the line-up after his three-match suspension, Leeds looked back to their best and dominated proceedings for long periods but, ultimately, were unable to land a killer blow.
The result means the Bees climb to fourth, while Marcelo Bielsa’s side remain two points above of them in second, ahead of tonight’s Championship games.
Frank’s side were not as fluent offensively as they have often been this season and instead were forced to dig in to earn their share of the spoils.
Speaking after the game, the Danish coach heaped praise on the Yorkshire side and revealed the tactical difference that makes them unique.
He explained (via the Yorkshire Evening Post): “Leeds do things very differently in this division. The way they press, it’s nothing to do with intensity but of course, that is good.
“Because they go to man to man and press and they do it constantly going towards the man. That makes you have no time on the ball or less time on the ball.
“A lot of teams maybe do a slight man to man and it’s less intense. Normally they’ll play more in a zonal so you’ll always have time to find your passes. When we play against that we know we are extremely good. on our day.
“But today was very hard. We knew that going into the game. You could see when we had our goal kicks. It was man to man. If you do that then there is no reason to play which is why we kicked it long today.
“We tried to find solutions but that’s why we didn’t have the time to create enough. I think there is no doubt that Leeds concedes most of their goals on set-pieces and counters.
“In open play there is very, very few chances against them because they do it so different to any other team. Of course, they’re well drilled, good played and all that but that’s one of the biggest reasons.”
Brentford now face a trip to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City on Saturday.
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Bielsa has clearly installed a unique style of play at Leeds but it is very interesting to hear Frank break down what makes them different from the other sides in the division.
The Whites strangled his side at times last night, meaning that their BMW front-three were unable to have as much impact on the game as they would surely have liked.
Even so, Frank must be pleased with the fight and determination his men showed to ensure they picked up a well-earned point.
The focus must now switch to picking up three more on the weekend.