Bielsa responds to pundits praise of Leeds in wake of Man Utd spanking

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2020 10:52

Marcelo Bielsa insists he will continue doing playing football his way, but admits there may be a tweaking of Leeds’ style following their 6-2 humbling at Manchester United.

Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing at Manchester United means Leeds have conceded 30 goals in their 14 games so far. That’s more than any of their Premier League rivals.

Burnley are Leeds’ next opponents at Elland Road on Sunday and Bielsa admits Sunday’s defeat has played on his mind.

“We have to analyse the last game in a very detailed manner to pick up the correct conclusions from the game. The only conclusion I have heard from the last game is we have to modify our style of play,” Bielsa said.

“The questions directed at the players tries to weaken the style of play we have. Suggesting to them whether they would ask me to change my style of play. Having revised the game, and the real reasons of how we lost this game, they’re not taken into account.

“This is not something new as media platforms, journalists, can only analyse results. Normally, when there is adversity, what you guys do is try to weaken those facing adversity or to ridicule the style of play of a team.”

Despite their 6-2 thrashing, Leeds came in for plenty of praise.

The likes of Gary Neville and Roy Keane both warmly praised Leeds for their approach to the game. That, however, was contrasted by Stan Collymore, who claimed Leeds were ‘little more than average’.

Responding to the pundits’ praise, Bielsa insists Leeds will take on board all comments made about his side.

“I’m referring to the comment Leeds’ style of play is attractive, especially to their opponents,” Bielsa added. “But what really happened in the game has nothing to do with what’s said in the press.

 

“Some voices have the capacity to analyse beyond the result that offers some interpretation for what happens on the pitch. I don’t worry too much about what the press think.

“I always listen, read and take the best possible message from what’s written. What does worry me is what’s written influences the public, they decrease the capacity to understand for the public.

“Also, try to destabilise by suggesting to the players the style needs to be changed. Of course, this happens when the results allow. It doesn’t matter if in the previous game, the opinion was completely different.

“Of course, the substance to try and reach a conclusion is the amount of goals we have been conceding. The context in the way we receive these goals is not revised.”


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Llorente could return

Leeds look set to be without captain Liam Cooper for Sunday’s match against the Clarets. He joins Robin Koch on the sidelines as absentees the heart of their defence.

The loss of Cooper though could be offset by the potential return of Diego Llorente.

Liam Cooper

The Spaniard debuted in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea earlier this month but was subsequently left nursing a knock.

He looks set to be in contention to return against Burnley though and could partner Luke Ayling at centre-half.

“Cooper has a strain in his abdominals and Llorente is in conditions to play again,” Bielsa said.

Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich are one yellow card away from a ban but Bielsa seems unlikely to rest either.

“I tell them to be cautious and wary of picking up another yellow,” Bielsa added.

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