Marcelo Bielsa reflects on Leeds United's Championship top spot ahead of West Brom's visit to Preston

Marcelo Bielsa continues to keep feet on the ground and expectations in check at Elland Road, despite a perfect November for his Leeds United team.

By Graham Smyth
Monday, 2nd December 2019, 5:43 am

The Whites won all five of their outings in the month, setting a new record for the 100-year old club.

Saturday's 4-0 beating of Middlesbrough sent them back to the top of the Championship, a point clear of West Brom, who visit Preston North End on Monday night with a chance to retake top spot.

Bielsa does give some value to the position Leeds find themselves in at this stage of the season, with 19 games played.

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But the Whites sat second, five points ahead of Sheffield United and eight clear of Aston Villa this time last year, two sides who went on to clinch promotion, leaving Bielsa's Leeds to have another go this season.

"That is important," said Bielsa, of his side's status as Championship leaders.

"But we all know there is a long way forward. We have to give some value to the current position in the table because in a league like the Championship the future is built match by match.

"But the most important is consistency in every match to make a difference."

Marcelo Bielsa has attempted to keep expectations in check at Elland Road (Pic: Getty)

Likewise, the Argentine knows their November record stands them in good stead, but points to the late drama that was necessary to prise wins from two of their last three fixtures.

The results may have been perfect last month, but the performances were not, giving Bielsa and his men plenty to study and work on for the final month of 2019.

"Any part of the competition where you win five matches is always good. But we also know that we won two matches at the end of each match at Luton and Reading.

"So there are a lot of details we have to analyse and take into account, not just about winning, but how you win every match."