Leeds United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur - as it happened: Player ratings and Marcelo Bielsa reaction
Leeds United host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime - follow all the latest with the Yorkshire Evening Post's matchday blog below.
The Whites welcome Spurs to Elland Road this afternoon in top flight action as the season draws to a close.
Ryan Mason's visitors are chasing a Champions League spot while Leeds sit in 11th ahead of kick-off.
It has been an impressive debut campaign back in the Premier League for Marcelo Bielsa's men after 16 years away from the spotlight.
United will be hoping to get back to winning ways after defeat to Brighton with Spurs sitting five points from the top four and will be looking to close the gap this afternoon.
Follow every kick with our LIVE blog below:
LIVE BLOG: Leeds United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (FULL-TIME)
Last updated: Saturday, 08 May, 2021, 11:37
- Leeds host Spurs at Elland Road
- Whites sit 11th in the Premier League
- Tottenham are chasing a Champions League spot
- Kick-off in LS11 is at 12.30pm
Welcome to today’s LIVE blog as Leeds United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Elland Road.
The Whites are looking to get back to winning ways this afternoon following defeat to Brighton last time out.
Spurs, meanwhile, are five points from the top four and are looking to boost their European hopes this afternoon.
Early Leeds United team news
Marcelo Bielsa was handed a late boost for this weekend’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Club captain Liam Cooper is back and available after a three-match ban though winger Helder Costa has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Leeds were awaiting news on defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips and wide man Raphinha ahead of kick-off.
The pair were spotted back in training at Thorp Arch on Friday and could now be in line to start against Spurs this afternoon.
Early Tottenham Hotspur team news
Ryan Mason is still without full-back Ben Davies for his side’s trip to Elland Road.
The Wales international has been missing due to a calf injury but has a fully fit squad otherwise.
Leeds United predicted line-up
YEP XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips, Dallas, Roberts, Harrison, Raphinha; Bamford.
What Marcelo Bielsa has said
“It’s natural that all the evaluations of the team are linked to the last game,” said Bielsa.
“But nothing that has happened doesn’t mean that we haven’t considered everything to avoid what happens.
“We know exactly the importance that each game has and the convenience of avoiding the irregularity and we also know that the games and the team is evaluated game by game and for us the most important thing is to overcome the previous evaluation.”
What Ryan Mason has said
“I think as a coach regardless of how old you are you look at other people,” said Mason, asked if he looked up to United’s head coach.
“You look at what to do and what not to do sometimes.
“In football and life you can’t stop learning and trying to take things and implement them in yourself if that’s the way you think you should do things.
“He is an experienced man, he has been in football for a long time, he has done fantastic at Leeds last season and this season as well.
“I am my own man, there are so many different ways of working and different beliefs you have to be unique and know yourself and what you believe in otherwise the messages won’t come across organically and as real.
“I look at a lot of people but I do have my own beliefs.”
Our man on the ground
Ideal conditions... or not
Team news shortly
We’ll have the team news from Elland Road at 11.30am - all eyes will be fixed on the team sheet soon.
Will Liam Cooper come straight back into the team after suspension? Do Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha start?
We’ll have the answers right here.
No let up from the rain!
Leeds United arrive at Elland Road
LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS
Leeds United’s squad v Spurs
Leeds United XI v Tottenham: Meslier, Alioski, Struijk, Llorente, Ayling, Koch, Dallas, Klich, Roberts, Harrison, Bamford.
Subs: Casilla, Davis, Berardi, Shackleton, Phillips, Raphinha, Hernandez, Poveda, Rodrigo.
Leeds unchanged; Kavlin and Raphinha back but no Cooper
Marcelo Bielsa names an unchanged line-up for this afternoon’s clash.
There’s good news in the form of Kalvin Phillips and winger Raphinha with the pair returning to the bench.
Captain Liam Cooper misses out due to a muscle problem.