Burnley 0-4 Leeds United - as it happened: Marcelo Bielsa reaction and player ratings

Leeds United travel to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime at Turf Moor - follow every kick with our live blog below.

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 5:19 pm
Leeds United travel to face Burnley in the Premier League.

The Whites make the short trip to Lancashire this lunchtime to take on Burnley in the top flight.

Leeds sit in 10th spot ahead of kick-off are ahead looking to finish as high as possible in the standings with three games remaining.

The Clarets, meanwhile, secured their Premier League status at Fulham last time out and are 15th, 11 points behind Marcelo Bielsa's men.

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LIVE BLOG - Burnley 0-4 Leeds United (FT)

Last updated: Saturday, 15 May, 2021, 11:40

  • Leeds travel to face Burnley
  • Whites sit 10th, Clarets are 15th
  • Just three games of the season remain
  • Kick-off at Turf Moor is at 12.30pm

Welcome to today’s live blog as we bring you all the latest from Leeds United’s trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley in the Premier League.

Can the Whites keep up their end of season momentum? How will Marcelo Bielsa line-up his side this afternoon?

There are a number of questions that need answering this afternoon and we’ll have them all right here.

Stay tuned if you’re not watching on...

Early Burnley team news

Phil Bardsley is a definite absentee this afternoon along with Robbie Brady and Kevin long.

England goalkeeper Nick Pope is a doubt while midfielder Dale Stephens will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Early Leeds United team news

Whites club captain Liam Cooper is available for selection after missing the last four games due to suspension then injury.

Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Rodrigo are all pushing for starts after a recent return to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

Helder Costa - who has been ruled out for the season - and Adam Forshaw are the two definite absentees this afternoon.

XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk; Dallas, Phillips, Alioski; Roberts, Harrison, Raphinha; Bamford.

What Sean Dyche has said

“He quite clearly has a style that he stands by, he quite clearly has motivated the players both last season and this season to do the job and do it they have, that’s for sure,” Dyche said of Bielsa.

“There is never a question mark about the manager and never a question mark about managers in general actually.

“My respect level is off the scale for managers because I know how difficult the job is.”

What Marcelo Bielsa has said

“Burnley is a team who has their style completely defined and very developed. Very few times have I seen a style so defined,” Bielsa said.

“This is evident so that this does not seem like an occasional recognition but a deduction of the observation of the game of Burnley that is a team that faces all the different moments in a game and a campaign with a principle plan.

“Football at this moment is full of urgencies and any misstep generates the demand for change.

“Burnley is an example that when things don’t go as desired, the base of the way the team are playing should not change - but that it’s better to improve the parts of the function of the team that are not working well.

“Famously, this plan B is a constant demand when things aren’t going well, but what I observe is that the good teams and the coaches who manage the best teams, they don’t abandon the style in adversity, but they correct it, they better it. Of course, that is a lot easier if you manage City, for example.

“But the fact Burnley is able to stay loyal to their style of play throughout any highs and lows throughout their campaign is admirable.”

Our man is in position

Koch looks to be out today

Bielsa’s squad arrive at Turf Moor

LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS

Leeds United squad in full

Leeds United XI: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Dallas, Harrison, Raphinha, Bamford.

Subs: Casilla, Cooper, Davis, Berardi, Jenkins, Shackleton, Roberts, Poveda, Rodrigo.

Two changes for Leeds, Peacock-Farrell in goal

Marcelo Bielsa has made two changes this afternoon at Turf Moor as Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha come into the starting line-up.

Robin Koch and Pablo Hernandez have dropped out of the squad while captain Liam Cooper returns to the bench after a four-game absence.

An intriguing plot line for the hosts, ex-Whites goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell starts in goal in place of the injured Nick Pope.

Stuart Dallas ahead of kick-off

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