The ‘Loco’ team has been criticized throughout the campaign for its style of play, very characteristic of the Argentine. However, Leeds justified this methodology with an impressive 5-0 victory at the Baggies’ home to Sam Allardyce.
Bielsa and Leeds conceded a strong defeat at Manchester United’s home a couple of weeks ago. The 6-2 rocked in the heart of the club, but they did not sacrifice their style of play and they recovered from that debacle with consecutive victories against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.
After the pair of wins, Bielsa anticipates that José Mourinho’s Tottenham will be a different challenge.
“Regarding Tottenham and the way they are playing, they are a very difficult team to face. In each position they have solid, good players, they have options, they have forwards who can unbalance and they are very clear about how they want to play. It is a team in the one who clearly sees the influence of the coach, they are very competitive “, explained the ‘Loco’.
Leeds’ curse in London dates back to December 2017, when they defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-1 and subsequently succumbed to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
For the game against Spurs, Bielsa will have to move his chips due to injuries. Jamie Shackleton would see kickoff action if Mateusz Klich does not recover from the injury he sustained in the win over West Bromwich. Meanwhile, captain Liam Cooper, out in the last two games, could miss the important duel against Spurs due to an abdominal problem. His place would be taken by Kalvin Phillips. Robin Koch is recovering from knee surgery and it remains to be seen if his teammate, center midfielder Diego Llorente, can return to contention after his recent setback.
Bielsa, who has not been able to set a timeline for Cooper’s expected return, has not ruled out adding his team in the January transfer window.
“I cannot give you a firm answer, I cannot say yes or no. If there is a player who clearly improves the squad, obviously it would be good for the club. The option of bringing a great player to the club sometimes depends on the needs of the team, but sometimes opportunities arise ”, explained the Rosario.
In this sense, “Víctor Orta (football director) has a way of working that usually benefits the team.”