Season far from over for Bielsa

02 April 2021 02:17:57 GMTPlus10

Marcelo Bielsa insists there is still "a lot to play for" as Leeds aim to kick-start the last leg of their Premier League return with victory at home to bottom club Sheffield United.

The Yorkshire derby against the Blades is the first of nine top-flight games for Leeds who are destined to end the season in mid-table.

There is no position in the table that exempts you from exerting a less effort.

Marcelo Bielsa

The 2-1 win at Fulham before the international break put a gap of 13 points between themselves and the 18th-placed Cottagers and realistically ended any fears they could yet be dragged into a relegation fight.

But that was just their first win in four games, a run which also saw them lose ground on the teams pushing for European places, with them nine points adrift of Tottenham in sixth.

But Bielsa has no intention of letting the season drift away, insisting professional pride will ensure his troops give it their all between now and the end of what has been a more than respectable first campaign back in the Premier League.

"There is still a lot to play for, there is still a lot to show," the Argentine told reporters. "Every game at this level is a test and the objectives are always linked to imposing yourself in the next game, be whatever the position on the table.

"There is no position in the table that exempts you from exerting a less effort."

Sheffield United's visit to Elland Road means a return to the club for former boss Paul Heckingbottom, the man charged with overseeing the South Yorkshire outfit's final batch of top flight games.

Leeds are 1.53 to complete the double over Sheffield United, who they beat 1-0 at Bramall Lane in September, with the Blades 6.00 and the draw 4.20.

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