Marcelo Bielsa Insists He Is Not Losing Sleep Over Leeds ’ Worst Start Since 1935

Leeds are languishing in the drop zone with just three draws from their first six games


The vastly experienced Bielsa is not worried by Leeds’ slow start and insists they are playing better than their results show.

“I’m sleeping normally and I always hope that we can win every one of our games,” said the Leeds boss.

“It’s always important to win, especially when you have gone six games without a win. And if you occupy one of the last three positions in the table, even more so.

“What we have to do every time we play is impose ourselves. We don’t always get what we deserve, but it’s a lot easier to get what you’re looking for when you deserve it.”

Bielsa still believes in his players and his methods and is irked by pundits who say his attacking style is too risky.

He has dissected Leeds’ home loss to West Ham and says they did not lose possession once in their own half in a dangerous position.

Bielsa feels Leeds’ problem is they are defending poorly and they have shipped 14 goals in their opening six games.

“So Leeds is described once again as a team that takes too many risks,” he said.

“If you analyze the origin of how West Ham created their chances, there is only one counter-attack, we didn’t lose the ball once in our own half where it caused us danger.

“There were lots of shots from distance, which implies that our defenders were not overcome.

“West Ham constructed attacks from fixed situations, so that shows we weren’t imprudent.

“That doesn’t mean we defended well, but what’s clear is we didn’t defend poorly due to the reasons mentioned, that we exchange an attack for an attack.

“We attack, of course, but it’s not a product of our attacking that we defend poorly. I would say it’s the total opposite that when we don’t attack, we defend worse.”

Bielsa also claimed Junior Firpo needs more time to settle and the Spanish left-back has endured a difficult start following his £13million summer switch from Barcelona.

“I think his performances haven’t been a seven yet, but he hasn’t been below a six,” he said. “He hasn’t played to his full capabilities yet.

“Junior has come from two teams in Spain that play a different rhythm to the Premier League.

“When Junior manages to get that rhythm, he’s going to be a full-back that shines a lot because he has all the physical and technical resources to generate moments of very good football.”