Marcelo Bielsa: Every fixture is an opportunity

Marcelo Bielsa: Every fixture is an opportunity

Head coach discusses Brentford clash.

Marcelo Bielsa has spoken with the media to preview this Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Brentford. 

The Whites take on the Bees at Elland Road looking to make it back-to-back victories for the first time this season, after a dramatic stoppage time winner against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. 

With positive news expected, the first question asked to the Leeds United head coach was about the fitness of his squad. 

“It’s likely Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford will be available for the game on Sunday,” Bielsa stated.

"We think Pascal Struijk will also be available for the game. He has a knock around his hip, but we think he will be available.”

Thomas Frank’s team will arrive in West Yorkshire having had a good start to life in the Premier League, with his side currently sitting 12th in the table.  

With the upcoming opponents a point ahead of Leeds, Bielsa spoke of the importance behind the possibility of winning two games in a row and the chance to improve the points tally this season. 

“To win consecutively fortifies you,” he explained. 

“When we focus on every game, independent of who comes next, given the amount of fixtures we’ve played up until now, the points we’ve got on the board are few. 

“Every fixture is an opportunity to balance our numbers. Our objective is that the intensity is always something that identifies us. 

“So far, Brentford have shown to be a different team in the Premier League. The most significant thing is the amount of elements they attack with and the management they have of the ball in all the sectors of the pitch. 

“Anyone who has seen Brentford play this season, can see they attack with six players and they always want to keep the ball. That’s not common in any league.”