Marcelo Bielsa: We are ready to adapt

Head coach on Middlesbrough.

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough.

The Whites head to the Riverside Stadium looking for a third consecutive win in the division, having recently created a five point cushion in the race for automatic promotion.

Bielsa started by giving team news on goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and midfielder Kalvin Phillips who both picked up knocks in Saturday’s victory over Reading.

“Kiko has a problem (with his hand), maybe he will play but that depends on the pain.

“There is inflammation from a kick, but if he can support the pain, he will play.

“Phillips also got a kick and again it depends on if the pain disappears, so it is the same as Kiko.

“But with both players I am optimistic.”

Bielsa also spoke about Wednesday’s opponents and the threat that they pose with how they could set up.

He said: “There are teams that always play with the same shape and you have other teams that change their shape.

“Middlesbrough can play six to eight different shapes and they manage very well.

“We have been working for over 12 months together, though, and in this time we have faced all the different shapes.

“In any way, we are ready to adapt to the difficulties of different shapes.”

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