Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa makes Brighton admission ahead of Premier League meeting

Marcelo Bielsa is wary of this weekend's top flight opponents Brighton, insisting their current league position does not fully reflect the hosts capabilities.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:44 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:46 pm
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: Getty

Leeds United travel to the Amex stadium in Premier League action looking to kick May off on a positive footing.

The Whites went unbeaten throughout the month of April after wins over Sheffield United and Manchester City were followed up by draws with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Bielsa's men now face a trip to the south coast to take on Graham Potter's relegation-threatened Seagulls outfit.

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The hosts sit 17th in the standings but do hold a seven-point cushion over Scott Parker's Fulham, who head up the drop zone to the Championship.

With five games remaining Brighton are looking to boost their survival hopes with a victory over the Whites this weekend.

Bielsa - who sees his side remain ninth ahead of the first whistle in Sussex - believes Potter's squad pose a bigger threat to Leeds than the league table might initially suggest.

"The results sometimes coincide with the performances and other times they don't," Bielsa said. "Brighton is a team that is unfairly in the bottom part of the table.

"All the parameters you can consider to evaluate a team, how they attack, how they defend, which place on the pitch they spend more time, the possession, the losses of the ball or keeping possession, their offensive intensity: all the values in which you can analyse, they all position them in a higher place than they currently occupy.

"It's a team that transitions from defence to attack and attack to defence very easily. They manage the ball well.

"So these are all aspects we need to take into account to prepare ourselves. And also to look at the things we need to improve and to maintain the things that we are doing well."

Brighton left Elland Road victorious in January as they claimed the spoils in a largely drab affair in LS11.

A solitary Neal Maupay strike separated the teams but Bielsa isn't reading too much into the last meeting - preferring to focus on the here and now.

"What happened so many months ago is not comparable to what can happen on the weekend, nor for better or for worse," Bielsa added.

"They are not the same team and we are not the same team also. The games are not particularly alike just because the two teams are the same.

"To find modifications that facilitate obtaining a better result, we don't think about a game which happened such a long time ago, but in ourselves and we need to improve and what we need to conserve and in the analysis of the opponent in a more recent place, more recent time.

"With regards to this weekend's game, the reality is the same that we have been carrying all season."