Aston Villa went into their clash with Leeds last Friday with a perfect Premier League record.

They were ripped apart by a Patrick Bamford during the second half as the Whites offered a display of their attacking intent.

Villa didn’t play Leeds last season, but Matty Cash did, when he was still at Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the Express and Star, he has shared why it is so difficult to play against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

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“It was a tough game, Leeds are a really good side, they move the ball really quickly and they like to take players out of spaces, which they do really well.” Cash said.

“I played against them in the Championship and the way they did it the other day it was really tough for us.”

On Villa’s next opponents Southampton, Cash added: “They’re a good side, so we’ve done some analysis on them on the training pitch and how they play – I’ve no doubt we’ll be ready for it.”

Leeds were the best side in last season’s Championship and it’s increasingly becoming clear that top flight sides are finding it tough to deal with their unique style.

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They press high, mark man-to-man and have shown themselves capable of scoring against anyone.

In the second tier, they were largely playing three times per week, but look set to take to the field in midweek less often in the top flight.

That is only going to help with recovery, as well as allowing Bielsa to fine tune his tactical plans week-to-week.

Villa won’t be the last side to suffer at the hands of a rampant Leeds attack this season, but they will hope to get back on track against the Saints this weekend.

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