'It would not have been fair' - Marcelo Bielsa on return of 8,000 Leeds United fans for Premier League finale
Around 8,000 Leeds United fans will return to Elland Road tomorrow to give their Premier League heroes a reception they ‘totally deserve.’
The Whites have played without their fans since March 2020, experiencing only football behind closed doors barring experiences in front of 2,000 Chelsea season ticket holders and 8,000 Southampton supporters this season.
For the lucky few thousand Leeds season ticket holders who won the chance to attend the game against West Brom through the club’s ballot, it will be a special reunion with players who won the Championship title and managed to produce the same exhilarating football en route to a top-half Premier League finish.
For the players, it will be a day they deserve, says head coach Marcelo Bielsa
“It’s a homage that they totally deserve and it’s something ‘by chance’ that they are able to play in front of the fans in the last game of the season,” he said.
“It is very good luck this way because it wouldn’t have been fair if they weren’t able to live that moment.”
In return Leeds will hope to give those in attendance something to cheer about, in the same way they have so often this season.
They go into the campaign’s finale on a three-game winning streak and Bielsa, who insists he is not simply playing to the crowd, expects the fans to play a part in the encounter.
“I think that the achievements of the team has an objective, the happiness of the fans,” he said.
“Other teams also but for Leeds especially, the public is something that helps to get the achievement so it is a good opportunity for us that is linked to the energy that originates from the fans, especially in the difficulties.
“The supporters of Leeds make themselves present and they add something to help the team. I say what I think even if it sounds like demagogy.”