Jesse Marsch feels ‘like someone ripped his heart out’; admits what ‘needs strengthening’ following Tottenham loss

Jesse Marsch, Leeds United, November 2022 Credit: Alamy
Jesse Marsch, Leeds United, November 2022 Credit: Alamy

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch admitted he “felt like someone ripped” his heart out, and admitted things “need strengthening” after losing to Tottenham.

The Whites have been on a decent run of form in the Premier League of late. They won both of their last two games before making the trip to Tottenham.

Both wins came in dramatic style. The first saw them snatch a late winner against Liverpool, winning 2-1 and ending Virgil van Dijk’s 70-game unbeaten streak at Anfield.

The Whites then produced another moment of late magic. In a seven-goal thriller with Bournemouth, they got the last laugh for the second time in two games, scoring the decisive goal in a 4-3 win in the 84th minute.

Both of those late winners came from winger Crysencio Summerville, who had also scored the week prior against Fulham.

The Dutchman made it four goals in as many games against Spurs, scoring the opener in the 10th minute. That was the first of three times Leeds went in front, the second and third both through Rodrigo Moreno.

They were unable to hold on to the lead at any point, though.

Indeed, Tottenham came back each time, and landed the crucial blow through Rodrigo Bentancur’s second goal in the 83rd minute, after Harry Kane and Ben Davies had gotten on the scoresheet.

Following Spurs’ eventual winner, insult was added to injury for Leeds, as Tyler Adams was sent off.

Marsch ‘gutted’ at loss

Leeds boss Marsch had an outpouring of emotion after the final whistle, admitting just how much the loss hurt.

“I’m gutted, I feel like someone has ripped my heart out,” he told the BBC.

“I thought we had control of the match but then we let it slip.”

The Leeds manager admitted there were some positives, given his side managed to score three times.

“There’s obviously positives in there because in our good moments we look like we have quality, but in our bad we still look vulnerable and naive,” he said.

“First-half we were tactically sound but we’re not doing what we need to do in close spaces together.”

Improvements are needed

This loss was Leeds’ seventh of the season, so it looks as if things need to change in order to pick up. Marsch feels there are a number of things that need to change following the World Cup break.

“We defended hard and our challenge is to stay concentrated. We get leads and then we give it away immediately because we don’t stick to our principle. If we can then we can be a good team,” he said.

“Mentally the guys have invested so much, there’s been ups and downs. We need to gather ourselves, have a break and then come back and keep pushing.

“A little bit of everything needs strengthening, we need to learn to manage the game as a group at all moments.”

He also took a shot at how the game was officiated at one point.

“The first goal was a foul, the referee should have called a foul on that. I’m not surprised though because we’ve seen it before where they don’t go to the monitor. It’s incredible for me that they don’t go,” Marsch added.

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