Bielsa insists confidence is high within the Leeds squad despite their slow start

Bielsa insists confidence is high within the Leeds squad despite their slow start

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa says confidence is high within the squad despite their poor start to the season.

The Whites face Watford on Saturday chasing their first Premier League win of the campaign and currently sit 18th in the league.

They have only taken three points from their first six league matches and are without striker Patrick Bamford.

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Bielsa’s men lost against West Ham last weekend after taking a first half lead. A last-gasp winner from Michail Antonio dealt another blow in what has been a difficult campaign.

Despite their tough start, Bielsa claims that confidence is still high within the squad:

“The players haven’t lost confidence so there’s no need to give something that’s conserved, that’s already there,” he said.

“What we do in every case is to perceive the errors and to try and correct them.

“I sleep normally and I’ve always had the hope that we’re able to win our games.”

He acknowledged victory against Watford before next week’s international break could be psychologically significant.

“It’s always important to win, especially when you’ve gone six games without winning and if you occupy one of the last three positions in the table, even more so,” Bielsa said.

“The other reference is the performances, that go in the opposite direction to these negative aspects, and it’s (about) the support (to the players) to come back from this situation.”

Rodrigo is likely to start centrally for the Whites as Bamford continues to recover from his ankle injury.

Bielsa confirmed right-back Luke Ayling will be out until after the international break as his knee injury requires minor surgery and both Adam Forshaw (muscle strain) and Robin Koch (pelvis) were still out.

Elsewhere, Kalvin Phillips is a reported transfer target for Manchester United, with rumours intensifying this week.

Bielsa was asked about his midfielder’s future, and the Argentinian hinted he would not leave for a club that would ruin his relationship with the Leeds fanbase.

“I’m sure the day he leaves Leeds and the way that he does it, far from provoking disappointment – of course it will generate disappointment – but it’s going to solidify his link to the club, the people and the city,” he said.

“I’m sure he would only leave if it’s guaranteed that the link to the place where he was born remains intact. He will know how to do it.”

Source: All The News – Football365

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