Bielsa: Solution to Leeds’ problems depends on availability

Dan Butterfield
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted any solution to his side’s current problems can only be solved by players availability.

Bielsa’s men were battered 6-0 by Liverpool last time out, the latest result in a run of poor of form that leaves them without a win in their last five.

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The result leaves Leeds just three points clear of the relegation zone and Bielsa has admitted he is ‘very worried’ by his sides form.

“Very worried. The worry is proportionate to the results we have obtained,” said the Argentine.

Bielsa also admitted that he is feeling the pressure that Leeds are under right now.

“I am a normal person, I do a job that has a lot of repercussions and I feel like all the people that are not able to offer the results that are expected.

“The situation I am going through is similar to that of a common person where they are not able to achieve what they should.

“The repercussion of my task is the big difference and I am used to living through these situations.”

When asked if he would change the way his side set up defensively, the Leeds boss admitted that his options are restricted by a number of injuries to key players.

“Any explanation I may give, I try not to give excuses but to explain.

“When you go through negative moments any explanation that you give is rejected.

“What said was that in our squad the positions of right centre-back, left centre-back and defensive midfield have five players that occupy those positions.

“Those positions are occupied by [Diego] Llorente, [Pascal] Struijk, [Robin] Koch, [Kalvin] Phillips and [Liam] Cooper. The sixth player we have added to that position as always is [Leo Fuhr] Hjelde who is a young player.

“Leeds in their planning cannot have two players of a high level in every position. In the case of this position we have five players of a top level and a sixth one, a young one. Of those six players, five were missing at the same time.

“So that situation is resolved it by [Luke] Ayling as a centre-back and [Adam] Forshaw as a defensive midfielder. In a game like the last one the players that shone the most were those two and in the game against Man Utd, the same.”

“Sometimes a resolution of the problems depends on those who are available. Of course you would have other arguments.”