Unity, trust and tactics, tactics, tactics: how Leeds made it back

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Club’s success based on unity of purpose, a manager ruling by meritocracy and desire to end 16-year Premier League absence

For such a small group they made an awful lot of noise. The smartly suited executives spread out across Elland Road’s posh seats contested every adverse decision, applauded each promising home move and complained, vociferously, about any vaguely heavy opposition challenge.

It was an extremely wet July night, Leeds were thrashing Stoke 5-0 and Victor Orta, the club’s director of football, constantly urged the men and women around him to morph into Marcelo Bielsa’s ultras. The second half had barely begun before any pretence of social distancing was abandoned.

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