Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says that his players are fully aware of Leeds’ strengths ahead of the clash between the sides.
Leeds have proved an intriguing addition to the Premier League under head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Despite harbouring the second-worst record for goals conceded in the top flight, they have caused several teams problems.
Indeed, they took champions Liverpool to the wire in their 4-3 loss, while they have taken points off Manchester City.
They complete their first encounters with the ‘Big Six’ by facing Spurs on Saturday in north London. Ahead of the clash, Mourinho insisted that his team are aware of their opponents’ strengths.
Asked in his pre-match press conference how he will approach Bielsa’s team, he said (via football.london): “I don’t play against Mr Bielsa, never. My club played against his club or my team played against his team.
“I don’t like that individual situation because that doesn’t exist, for sure. We analyse our opponents, we did that in relation to Fulham, we did that in relation to Leeds.
“We know where they are very strong and of course we have to try not to let them export their strengths and at the same time we have to try to play our game. But I don’t like that kind of approach.”
Amid their record for conceding goals, though, Leeds’ recent 1-0 win over Burnley showed their defensive mettle.
After Patrick Bamford’s penalty, the Whites held on in the second half in the face of intense Clarets pressure.
But they go into the game off the back of a 5-0 thrashing of West Brom, which showed how successful their aggressive style of play can be.
Mourinho offers Bielsa appraisal
Elsewhere in his press conference, Mourinho insisted that he has no previous history with Bielsa.
“I don’t know him well. I think he was Athletic Bilbao coach in one of the seasons I was in Real Madrid,” the Portuguese said.
“Now is the first time we’re in the Premier League at the same time. For sure, he has to be a very good coach but I’m not the person to analyse him because I don’t know him even personally.
“I just shook hands a couple of times and that’s it.”