Marcelo Bielsa: Every point picked up has repercussions

Marcelo Bielsa: Every point picked up has repercussions

Head coach on Everton fixture.

Marcelo Bielsa has spoken with the media ahead of taking his side to face Everton in the Premier League this weekend.

Leeds United head into the game after a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Aston Villa on Wednesday night, with Everton also playing midweek, suffering defeat away at Newcastle United.

As always, Bielsa confirmed team news ahead of the match. 

He said: “Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Junior Firpo - like in the game against Aston Villa - won’t be considered against Everton.

“Firpo is healthy but we are not going to anticipate his return [this weekend], he will return next week.

“Phillips is expected to return in the first few days of march and his recovery has been going as predicted.”

Saturday’s opponents sit just one place below Leeds in the table, but with a four point gap, the Whites have the opportunity to put distance between the two if they can leave Goodison Park with a win. 

“Every game and every point picked up has repercussions whether that is at the bottom or middle of the table,” Bielsa explained. 

"We’re thinking of this game, of course there are a series of games that come after which are very difficult but we are fundamentally focusing on this game. 

“It’s very difficult to predict what is going to happen in a team or in a game of football. It depends on things that are only verified on the pitch. 

“You can’t manage in the characteristic of the game without seeing how each team plans to play the game.

“I can’t give an opinion on the development of the team [under Frank Lampard] but the longer they spend with their new manager, the better the ideas will be implemented.

“Seasons like the ones we are going through where there is constant adversity, it’s important to face it with a strong mental fortitude.”