Under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United have been imperious at times this season. Quick, incisive football has cut sides apart and surgically opened up tough opponents. For watching Whites fans, it has been something glorious that they have witnessed.

Those sentiments were on the cards today as the rampant Whites welcomed a Cardiff City side transitioning from a wretched campaign in the Premier League which saw them relegated last season along with Fulham and Huddersfield Town. Many were expecting Leeds to steamroller a Bluebirds side who’d arrived with injuries set to play a part in Neil Harris’ team selection.

It certainly looked to be a difficult task for the visitors from Wales as United jumped out into an early 2-0 lead as Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford cut the visitors to shreds with two goals inside the opening 10 minutes in front of a packed and vociferous Elland Road.

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Things looked even better after Patrick Bamford converted a penalty to put the Whites 3-0 in front. Even Lee Tomlin pulling back a goal or Sean Morrison bringing Cardiff within one goal wasn’t causing any alarm bells to ring with just eight minutes left.

It got even better for the West Yorkshire side as Morrison received a straight red for a two-footed, off-the-floor challenge on Leeds substitute Eddie Nketiah. That one-man advantage was to count for very little as Cardiff substitute Robert Glatzel brought scores level for the Bluebirds.

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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.