'It is not a simple injury' - every word from Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa's pre-Leicester City press conference

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is facing the media this morning ahead of Sunday's Premier League hosting of Leicester City - and you can catch everything that is said here.

Friday, 5th November 2021, 10:14 am
THIRD MEETING: Between Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, left, and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, right. Graphic by Graeme Bandeira.

Leeds will be looking to build on last weekend's 2-1 victory at Norwich City which left the fourth-bottom Whites and three points clear of the dropzone.

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Leicester are 11th and just four points above Bielsa's side following a 2-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Brendan Rodgers' team were then in Europa League action on Thursday night, the Foxes held to a 1-1 draw at home to Spartak Moscow.

Marcelo will be speaking to the media at 9am and every word will follow here.

Leeds United v Leicester City - Every word from Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-Foxes press conference

Last updated: Friday, 05 November, 2021, 10:03

  • Sunday 2pm kick-off at Elland Road.
  • Marcelo Bielsa facing the media at 9am today.

Good morning and welcome to our live blog for coverage of Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-Leicester City press conference. It’s another early one from Marcelo who will be speaking to the media at 9am. All of the latest news to follow here.

Members of the press gathered and ready for Marcelo

Good morning Marcelo!

The Whites boss takes his seat.

Team news - Ayling, Bamford and Koch and any fresh problems?

“Ayling, Bamford and Koch will remain unavailable and that’s the novelties.”

On Bamford injury/timescale - is it a concern that it is taking so long?

“It’s still subject to his evolution.”

On the opportunity against Leicester

“Every game is a new opportunity to have a range of performance and that is how we interpret it.”

Is Raphinha now one of the best in the Premier League at unbalancing opponents?

“Clearly he is a player who has the individual capacity to unbalance and for us he accomplishes that role in a very positive way.”

Is it still Bamford’s ankle or has anything else happened?

“No, it’s the problem in his ankle and the time of his diagnostic has not been fulfilled yet. It is not a simple injury and because the recovery is the disappearance or the tolerance of the pain, you can’t give an exact prognosis. The response that I give when I say it is subject to his evolution, don’t let it be interpreted as me not giving all the information that I posses because there are injuries like this where the prognosis can’t be given exactly. When I say the prognosis I mean when he will be available to play.”

On Shackleton and Firpo - are they available?

“From here on now until Sunday, I will have a more clearer vision.”

On Leicester playing last night - does that give you a discernible advantage?

“The teams that play in two competitions, they normally prepare themselves for this, I am referring to the amount of players they have and I am also referring to the way that they prepare, the loads that they have and the rest. I can’t refer myself significantly to the fact that they play twice a week. It is a response that if I manifest myself, it would have a great margin for error.”

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