Bielsa names exactly what Leeds must do to secure promotion

Date published: Wednesday 13th March 2019 10:04

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa urged his players to concentrate on their forthcoming games rather than dwell on their position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Three first-half goals gave Leeds a comfortable win at the lowly Royals and moved them above previous leaders Norwich.

Although Reading improved in the second period, Leeds still squandered a series of chances to make their win even more emphatic.

After a cagey opening, Leeds went ahead in the 14th minute through a calm finish from Mateusz Klich.

Pablo Hernandez increased the lead eight minutes later and, two minutes from the interval, he lashed from 25 yards for his 10th goal of the campaign.

Although Reading improved in the second period, Leeds still squandered a series of chances to make their win even more emphatic.

After the match, Bielsa reserved plenty of praise for the mercurial talents of Hernandez.

Leeds now have nine matches left of the season and Bielsa says they may have to win them all to secure automatic promotion.

“If you have a look at the table, you can only reach the conclusion that we still have many games to play,” Bielsa said.

“Taking this into account, we will have to win every game. At least we will try to win each game.

“It was a fair result and we could have scored more goals but we could also have conceded a goal.

“The team was faithful to our style and we played against an opponent that has dangerous offensive players.

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“Honestly, I don’t think that it was an easy game tonight. Even if we dominated the game and could have scored more goals, Reading had chances to score, too.”

It all gears Leeds up for a massive match on Saturday against third-place Sheffield United, with the victors of the Elland Road showdown taking what will likely prove a huge step towards promotion.

Bielsa, however, was taking it all in his stride and he insisted Leeds should only focus on their matches on a game by game basis, as opposed the table.

“We can say that we won’t have any possibility to have training sessions with any physical efforts,” Bielsa said.

“We will have to work on recovery and on theoretical analysis of what we can analyse.

“It is always special to play against an opponent [Sheffield United] that is near the top of the table and close to your rank.”

 

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