Marcelo Bielsa: Every match is a difficulty you have to overcome

Marcelo Bielsa: Every match is a difficulty you have to overcome

Head Coach on Huddersfield Town.

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

The Whites travel to the John Smith’s Stadium, looking to make it nine games unbeaten in the division.

Bielsa gave an update on team news ahead of the fixture and spoke about Ben White moving into the midfield to replace the suspended Kalvin Phillips.

“We are working with White in this position, he will replace Phillips,” said Bielsa.

“It’s a new position for him, he has the skills to play there but he’s not used to it, but we have been working with him for a long time and we are in good condition to resolve these circumstances.

“When you play in a different position, it always improves the player, you have to have the necessary skills to adapt to a new position.

“In defence we have improved the collective work to recover the ball and we are making less mistakes which is positive, we need to keep the defensive performance and increase the overall efficiency in attack.

Bielsa also spoke about the performances and quality of Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield.

He said; “They have players that make us think they deserve a better position in the table and the impact of the new manager is helping to develop them.

“The manager’s work is about balancing the result with the players you have, every team goes through that process and that can happen at different stages.

“Every match is a difficulty you have to overcome."

Bielsa gave an update on the progress of Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts.   

Bielsa said: “For the three months Adam's been out, he has not been competing with the group.

“In this period he didn’t complete his recovery but he is working hard every day.

“Of course it's frustrating for him and it is for us as he’s a very necessary player.

“He is very professional, he’s put a lot of attention in his recovery and the same with the medical staff, but we have no date for his return yet.

“The injury of Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton will take two or three weeks to recover.

“Shackleton has a muscular injury and we hope he recovers fast". 

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