Leeds lose Jesse Marsch’s first game in charge

Leeds is closer to relegation after Kasper Schmeichel masterclass.

Leeds United succumbed to Harvey Barnes’ 67th-minute goal despite a strong performance. Jesse Marsch took over as Leeds manager after Marco Bielsa was sacked, and tasted defeated in his debut.

Marco Bielsa was sacked in the last week of February, and his replacement, Jesse Marsch, faced Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Leeds put on a solid performance but were not able to convert any chances due to a high flying Kasper Schmeichel.


Leeds dominated the early part of the second half and should have taken the lead, but Schmeichel was excellent in goal for the Foxes and made several saves to prevent the opener.

Leeds were then made to rue their missed opportunities as Leicester took the lead in the 67th minute through a Harvey Barnes strike, after a lovely one-two-one with Iheanacho on the edge of the box. The goal was harsh on Leeds as they have been excellent in the second half and should have been ahead of themselves. Leicester slowed the game down after scoring, by controlling possession and taking their time with throw-ins and corners.

Leeds have failed to win in their last four matches when conceding the opening goal in the Premier League. Leeds remain 16th in the league, although they have played more games than all the teams below them. 17th placed Burnley could go up if they manage to beat Chelsea. The victory moves Leicester into the top half of the table, while it pushes Leeds further down in the relegation battle.

Jesse Marsch’s biggest task and achievement would be to keep Leeds United in the Premier League for next season.