Bielsa eyeing major scalp

09 April 2021 01:53:59 GMTPlus10

Marcelo Bielsa would love to end Leeds' poor record against the big boys by stopping Manchester City in their tracks, but warns if they can't get the ball "we know the consequence".

Leeds can look forward to a second season back in the Premier League after clearing the 40-point barrier last week with a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

Bielsa's men have won plenty of praise for the way they have attacked their top-flight campaign but it's points not plaudits the Argentine is after – and he'd have had more of both if Leeds could have done better against the top guns.

Leeds have played 10 matches against the current top seven sides, losing seven of them and winning just once, 3-1 at Leicester.

They conceded 26 goals in those 10 matches and in a season which has been full of surprises, Bielsa is clearly needled by the fact that Leeds haven't flexed their muscles more against the Premier League's powerhouses.

They did draw 1-1 with Manchester City at Elland Road in October but that was a rare success against teams above them in the table.

"It's our objective to modify this," Bielsa told reporters ahead of their trip to quad-chasing City. "There's a lot of teams in a similar position to us who have been able to beat the top six. That's to say it's possible and we haven't managed to achieve it yet.

"If a team is able to stop the other team from monopolising the ball and attack them, that is good. But if we're not able to take the ball off City, we know the consequence."

Leeds are a 7.50 chance to become just the second team since November to win a Premier League game against City, who are currently 1.36.

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