After watching all the episodes in the 2 seasons in just one sitting, I lost my voice but gained a new love: Leeds United. The documentation of the journey was superb. Of mention is the capture of the raw and moving emotions, passion and vulnerability of director of football, Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani. That gave me a tender sweet feeling for the club and the confidence that the career of and the boys is in good hands. These men are emotionally wrapped up with their club but not at the expense of making rational boardroom decisions.
Marcelo Bielsa. What can I say? Marcelo Bielsa!! His response to his created spygate was an honorable one. More respect to the man.
It is evident this is a UNITED family not just in name but actions. The executive team treats the players and support staff like family. Respect for all is felt in the interactions especially with robust hugs whenever they greet each other. I like that the owner and executive members always greet the players in the tunnel after each match with hug and pat of reassurance. They laugh and smile a lot. That says much about the high team morale.
The players. Oh my creeping christ, the bloody players. They are a joy to watch. They are fierce, skilled, tactical, dedicated, passionate, and most of all HAPPY! There is no doubt from watching all the episodes that they are all-in committed to this journey to "go up" and even win against the big boys.
Kalvin Phillips (with his gram) is definitely one to watch for the future. I do not know his leadership skills, but I see him captaining this team soon. I pray he doesn't leave.
After their valiant 3:4 rendition against defending champions Liverpool, I went searching for their history. This is the team to watch this season. I knew about then in the 70s but...
So based soley on the executive leadership, technical management, dedicated and skilled players, support staff and the ever so voraciously committed fans (Zoe, Luke etc), barring unnecessary injuries of course I would not be surprized if they play for 2nd place in the league and quarter to semifinals in the Champions League. Ok ok ok. Cool your bridges. That may be a tad farfetched, too ambitious perhaps. BUT... So may we agree that with balanced finances and a fit team, Leeds United will not be relegated this season?
March(ing) on together LEEDS UNITED!