Neil Harris isn’t a happy man today. Ahead of the midweek fixtures he has labelled the Leeds United’s celebrations “a disgrace to English football”. Bielsa isn’t getting drawn into a war of words, but he’s had his say.
Jack Harrison stepped up with just minutes left on the clock to secure a crucial point for Leeds United in the bogey of all fixtures for the club. It went down very poorly in the Millwall dugout as expected, then the mood deteriorated further as Samu Saiz ran down the pitch to celebrate and goad the Millwall bench. Great if you’re a Leeds United fan, but extremely frustrating from a Millwall point of view. Remember David Wagner a couple of years ago?
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Marcelo Bielsa and Neil Harris had already squared up beforehand, Harris and his bench getting caught up in a poor attempt at holding the game up by not giving the ball back. Harris has himself admitted that it wasn’t the way to do things properly but when asked about the situation today he let loose, labelling Leeds United’s celebrations a “disgrace to English football”. The move to suggest this is a surprise given how things were left on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa admitted he was the more experienced and shouldn’t have added to the drama but he couldn’t help himself, and it begs the question, are Leeds United now “that club” that will do things like this. The club that everyone is trying to stop this season. As Wolves romped to the league title last season their manager Nuno became that one who celebrated on the pitch, the players celebrated every goal like it was the one to secure the title, and it felt like that on Saturday.
As much as it’s frustrating to see other clubs and players celebrate like they do it does feel pretty great when you see Samu Saiz run that distance to celebrate. Bielsa may not over-celebrate but his staff will and Bielsa won’t bother with that. Leeds have that hated tag and always will, why not live up to it a little?