'It could be a bluff' - West Ham boss David Moyes responds to Marcelo Bielsa naming Leeds United team early
West Ham boss David Moyes does not believe Marcelo Bielsa has made his life any easier by announcing the Leeds United line-up two days early.
Speaking 24 hours after Bielsa revealed that Rodrigo would come into the side to host the Hammers at Elland Road on Friday night, Moyes elected to keep his own team under wraps.
"Very often the teams were named beforehand in Spain," he said. "It's nothing outrageous. We see it in other sports. It doesn't happen in our sport for different reasons, but overall, does it make it easier? I don't think so because they're a good team.
"It might not be his team. It could be a bluff. It could be very clever, but I do think it's quite common for managers in Spain to name their teams before the games, from my experience. Now and again, I've named the team early, but most of the time we keep it until later. We'll keep our team until we're ready to announce it and prepare our players for the game."
Moyes is preparing his players to face a style of football he admires. He is among those who felt Leeds United's promotion would enhance the top flight and has enjoyed some of their early battles.
"I've always thought that Leeds coming back would add to the Premier League," he said.
"They've been involved in some great games. Their style is great to watch. They've got a really experienced manager and he's certainly got a really good group of players."
Leeds will present a different kind of game for West Ham, but Moyes is content with how his eighth-placed side are going about their business.
"Games against Leeds are stretched and taxing, it is a very hard game," he said.
"But, we are playing well at the moment, we were unfortuante that we played well for 65 minutes against Manchester United, the ball goes out and it doesn't get given and the game changes from there. We need to be ready for a different type of game as well.
"Every game gives us an opportunity to get into a strong position. But we are in good fettle, we have been playing well and let's hope that continues. We go there knowing we are playing an interesting and good team."