Marcelo Bielsa cites Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool example to make Leeds United 'regular' table-toppers
MARCELO BIELSA is taking inspiration from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a bid for Leeds United to become a consistent and “regular” side at the top of their division.
Leeds approach Saturday’s Championship hosting of ninth-placed Cardiff City following six consecutive league wins that have taken the Whites into pole position and with an 11-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots.
United are now as short as 1-20 to finish in the top two and no bigger than 1-10 but Bielsa says his side still need to prove they can produce the goods on a long term consistent basis akin to Klopp’s Premier League table-topping Reds.
“The best team is always the best team because they always understand they can improve,” said Bielsa.
“When one team stops developing, the consequence is they get worse. If you watch Liverpool over a long period, they’re not better or worse, they always play well.
“That happens to the great teams but in our level we didn’t get this stability playing similar in every match.
“This is part of our development, to show the regularity we haven’t shown so far.
“Last season we had good moments where we did well in a lot of matches, similar to now. Now we have to show this all of the time.”
Leeds are currently four points better off than they were at this stage last season which still ultimately ended in tears as the Whites slipped from second to third in the final month before losing to Derby County in the play-offs semi-finals.
Assessing if United were now stronger than they were at this stage last year, Bielsa said: “You don’t have to name the improvement, you have to show it on the pitch.
“I always believe it is better trying to anticipate what is next rather than describe what is happening and happened in the last match.
“More than name what is going to happen, try to do what you wish to happen.
“We wish to be a more regular team and December is a good scenario to prove this and show more consistency.”
Saturday’s visitors Cardiff had looked to be forming some consistency of their own under new boss and former Millwall manager Neil Harris but a run of three-straight wins was ended by Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Brentford.
Nevertheless, the Bluebirds are only three points off the play-offs having won four of their last seven.
Asked if he had noticed many changes at Cardiff since Harris arrived, Bielsa said: “Not a lot. No big difference. They change the results. It’s a very British team in its way of playing.
“They really know how to play their way. It’s not easy to face them. But it’s whether Leeds are in a good moment or bad moment or whether are Cardiff are in a good or bad moment.
“For example, Brentford are now 10th in the table, but it’s a team who defends very well, they have a very good offensive play, create a lot of chances.
“They play well. If they are not in the better position it’s because they suffer with a lack of regularity that every team suffers in the Championship.”