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Marcelo Bielsa expects a tougher test of his footballing principles on Saturday when Leeds try to stop their London hoodoo against Tottenham.
Bielsa has remained firm in his offensive game plan despite strong criticism following the recent 6-2 loss to Manchester United. He has been rewarded with back-to-back wins and two clean sheets against Burnley and West Brom.
But the Argentine acknowledged that Leeds, who have not won in the capital in more than three years, need to take a step forward.
“Regarding Tottenham and the way they are playing, they are a very difficult team to face,” Bielsa said. “In each position they have solid, good players, they have options, they have forwards who can unbalance and they are very clear about how they want to play.
“It is a team in which the influence of the coach is clearly seen, they are very competitive.”
Leeds’ curse in London dates back to December 2017, when they won 3-1 at QPR. They have lost at Crystal Palace and Chelsea since returning to the Premier League.
Young man lined up to start
Midfielder Jamie Shackleton could get off to a weird start if Mateusz klich does not recover. He suffered a thigh strain during a 5-0 win at West Brom midweek.
Pattern Liam cooper still have doubts after missing the last two games due to injury, so Calvin phillips can continue in defense.
Robin koch he is recovering from knee surgery while his fellow center Diego Llorente he is also fighting. Bielsa, who has not been able to put a schedule on Cooper’s expected return, has not ruled out new signings.
“I can’t give you a firm answer, I can’t say yes or no,” he added. “If there is a player who clearly improves the squad, obviously it would be good for the club.
“The option of bringing a great player to the club sometimes depends on the needs of the team, but sometimes opportunities arise. In this sense, Víctor Orta (football director) has a way of working that usually benefits the team ”.
Harrison follows the party line
Jack Harrison insists that Leeds don’t change your style after thrashing West Brom. The loaned winger scored in Tuesday’s 5-0 rout of the Baggies.
Bielsa’s style has been scrutinized after some tough defeats, but Leeds are comfortably in the middle of the table. They are 12 points above the relegation zone and Harrison sees no reason to change anything.
“It’s about continuing our style of play,” he said. “We don’t have to change for anyone, or for any reason.
“As long as we play like this, we know it works for him. We have all the confidence in the manager, when he tells us to do something, we do it ”.
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