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Tottenham manager José Mourinho says his players are fully aware of Leeds’ strengths ahead of the clash between the two sides.
Leeds They have proven to be an intriguing addition to the Premier League with head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Despite hosting the second worst record for goals conceded in the top flight, they have caused problems for several teams.
In fact, they led champion Liverpool to the wire in their 4-3 loss, while taking points away from Manchester City.
They complete their first encounters with the ‘Big Six’ by facing off Spurs Saturday in North London. Before the clash, Mourinho insisted that his team is aware of the strengths of its opponents.
Asked in his pre-game 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 your club or my team played against your team.
“I don’t like that individual situation because that doesn’t exist, sure. We analyzed our opponents, we did it in relation to Fulham, we did it in relation to Leeds.
“We know where they are very strong and of course we have to try not to 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. “
However, amid their record for goals conceded, Leeds’ recent 1-0 win over Burnley showed their defensive mettle.
After Patrick Bamford’s penalty, the Whites held out in the second half under intense pressure from the Clarets.
But they enter the game from behind a West Brom win 5-0, which showed just how successful his aggressive playing style can be.
Mourinho offers valuation to Bielsa
In another part of his press conference, Mourinho insisted that he has no prior history with Bielsa.
“I don’t know him well. I think he was Athletic Bilbao coach in one of the seasons I was at Real Madrid,” said the Portuguese.
“Now is the first time that we are in the Premier League at the same time. Sure he has to be a very good coach but I am not the person to analyze it because I do not even know him personally.
“I shook hands a couple of times and that’s it.”
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