Marcelo Bielsa: They have their style completely defined and developed

Marcelo Bielsa: They have their style completely defined and developed

Head coach ahead of Burnley clash.

Marcelo Bielsa has spoken with the media, prior to taking his side to face Burnley on Saturday lunchtime.

Leeds United currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League table. The trip to Burnley is the penultimate away clash of the campaign and the the head coach is aware of the challenge that the Clarets will present.

With a couple of days remaining until the fixture, we received an update on the fitness of the squad and any selection choices that may be tough to make. 

“Liam Cooper has recovered his health, he hasn’t got any injuries that prevent him from participating,” Bielsa explained.

“[On Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Rodrigo] Yes, they are fit. Having so many options, the decisions become more difficult.

“There could be a player better than the one who is playing, but their performance could be worse because they are still going through the development to get the rhythm of play. 

“Sometimes this is altered due to the needs of the team and sometimes you get two or three injuries in the same position, and a player who is out of form can come in.”

Bielsa was keen to praise Sean Dyche and the Clarets for their dedication to play their style and improving it year on year.

He said: “Burnley is a team that have their style completely defined and developed.  

“Very few times have I seen a team that has their style so defined. This is evident, so that this doesn’t seem like it is occasional recognition but the observation of the game of Burnley. 

“It is a team that faces all the different moments within a game and a campaign with a principle plan.

“They have a style, but the style has certain points and they use all the options that they have in the game. It is not the same of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, than to play Matej Vydra or Jay Rodriguez. 

“If you simplify it, you say they play with two forwards. But, if you see how each of those four players play and how the manager articulates them, they have the option to combine one player with any of those three and this generates consequences in the style of the team.

“The fact that Burnley is able to stay loyal to their style of play during any highs and lows in their campaign is admirable."