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The Fiver | Brendan Rodgers really did a number on Marcelo Bielsa

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BRENDAN BESTS BIELSA

Poor old Hipster Fiver! Our wispy-bearded try-hard cousin is in a catatonic state right now. He’s had one hell of a shock to the system, you see, his entire worldview unravelling completely and spectacularly on Monday night as Brendan Rodgers took Marcelo Bielsa to school. Brendan Rodgers! Hipster Fiver hasn’t been this distressed since discovering the B-side of his 672g vinyl copy of A Love Supreme is a mispress, with Baby Shark where Part 3: Pursuance should be, and Part 4: Psalm replaced by Agadoo (Version). Hipster Fiver feels like crying. He’s already been pee pee. Eleven times.

Brenny really did a number on Bielsa, though, going on Sky Sports before kick-off and explaining exactly what he was planning, laying out his intentions in plain sight, effectively asking Leeds what they were going to do about it. “Teams normally press in a zone, theirs is very much man to man … so there will be lots of space on the field. I would say we have the best counterattacking player in the league in Jamie Vardy, so I hope that’s something we can exploit. But it will be a tough game.” Only the last sentence proved woefully wrong, as Leicester swanned to a 4-1 victory, and could quite feasibly have scored twice as many. Let’s face it, if Bielsa had pulled off such a brassy stunt, we’d never hear the end of it from the hipsterati. Thank you, Brendan. Thank you.

At least we know Rodgers won’t totally lose the run of himself. “I thought we were tactically brilliant,” he told Sky in the immediate aftermath, that pronoun doing an awful lot of work there. “I thought we were amazing … I’m really pleased with our flexibility … we’ve had brilliant performances … I’m delighted.” To be fair, having added the sainted Bielsa to a list of early-season conquests that also includes Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta, Rodgers should be allowed to bask in his own managerial genius and contemplate a genuine title tilt. Even if his team did get beat three at home by a David Moyes side, a fate that’s never fallen Bielsa yet. We’re glad that Hipster Fiver, currently trying to unpack spiritual guidance from “push pineapple grind coffee”, still has one or two of the old certainties left to cling on to.

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