Marcelo Bielsa: We always try to win every game

Head coach on FA Cup clash.


Marcelo Bielsa has spoken with the media ahead of his side playing West Ham United this weekend, away from home.

The Emirates FA Cup encounter takes place at the London Stadium (2pm) and is live on ITV.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Leeds United head coach gave a comprehensive update on the fitness situation of his side.

He said: “We add the injury of Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt who injured his ankle in training yesterday and is going to be absent for three weeks. Roberts is out a similar amount of time.

“The return of Rodrigo, we don't have a precise date which we can anticipate, and Patrick Bamford is likely to be able to play the game on Sunday.

“So we can end on this subject of the injuries, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper are out until March.

“Jamie Shackleton and Charlie Cresswell after the international break. Pascal Struijk and Rodrigo, their injuries we can't predict when they're going to be available.”

On beginning their FA Cup journey, Bielsa knows his side will continue with the same attitude they normally have, looking to win every match they play.

“We always try to win in every official game we have,” he explained.

“There is never a need for added motivation. Every time that the group plays, the desire is always the maximum and to win.

“We're going to try that the characteristics of our play are expressed and that will allow us to beat them.

“Every competition is a possibility and we take it in that way. Every game we focus on it with the intention to win it.

“The evolution within the competition is very difficult to anticipate and I think what corresponds is that with humility we try to win every game.”

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