Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Marcelo Bielsa press conference every word, Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Conor Gallagher

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is facing the media this morning ahead of Tuesday night's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

By Lee Sobot
Monday, 29th November 2021, 10:09 am
BACK TO BACKS: Leeds United and head coach Marcelo Bielsa, above, now have two consecutive home games, Tuesday's clash against Crystal Palace followed by Sunday's fixture against Brentford. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images.
BACK TO BACKS: Leeds United and head coach Marcelo Bielsa, above, now have two consecutive home games, Tuesday's clash against Crystal Palace followed by Sunday's fixture against Brentford. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images.

Leeds managed to take a point from a difficult night at Brighton on Saturday evening through a goalless draw as part of a day in which Patrick Vieira's Palace side were beaten 2-1 at home to Aston Villa in new boss Steven Gerrard' s second game in charge.

Bielsa is speaking to the press at 8am and we will bring you everything that is said at our live blog below.

Leeds United v Crystal Palace - Marcelo Bielsa press conference, every word from the Whites head coach

Last updated: Monday, 29 November, 2021, 09:58

  • Leeds face Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night, 8.15pm kick-off
  • Marcelo Bielsa faced the media at 8am on Monday morning

An early one! Ayling, Bamford, Koch - and Gallagher

Good morning! Marcelo Bielsa is holding his earliest ever Leeds United pre-match press conference today, 8am for the pre-Palace media duties. Let’s get a coffee on and full coverage to follow here. Luke Ayling is set to play for the under-23s at Man City tonight (7pm) whilst Patrick Bamford and Robin Koch were said to be in the final stages of their recoveries too. Updates on that trio - and the need for a return to form after the Brighton display - will be top of the agenda, oh, and facing Palace’s Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, who Leeds tried to sign in the summer. A fine player.

Members of the media are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and gathered via Zoom, Marcelo will be with us shortly.

Marcelo takes his seat

On this week’s two home games - can a positive week with two wins shape your season?

“The wins are always a necessity and of course in this case also, we are considering every game successively and we hope it is a point of support to start a recovery.”

Team news and Phillips - why did he come off at Brighton at half-time?

“With respect to the injuries, Bamford and Ayling are going to play for the under-23s today and the recovery of Koch is on the programme as scheduled. And with respect to Kalvin, he is available for the game tomorrow and as I said in my declarations after the game against Brighton, Pascal and Shackleton coming on were all to do with improving how the team was playing. I don’t link it to his individual performance, whether it was high or low, I am referring to the players that came off - Kalvin and Junior - but it was to look for a more efficient collective organisation, with different characteristics for the execution of the same function.”

On Palace under Vieira

“He has changed the style of the team without too many signings. It is a team that is solvent, with a careful management of the ball and with clear positive results.”

Is Kalvin not quite at his best at the moment and if not why?

“No I don’t think he is below his level. Of course, every game has its characteristics, its themes, and there are times when the characteristic of the game and in the mind of the coach, in this case mine, is to imagine a different option for the same function but I don’t see Kalvin with any substantial difference.”

“Junior is a player that is growing as he puts minutes together. His performances have been improving until he had an interruption due to injury and now he is progressively recovering his best form as it happened like so at the beginning of the season. The last game was a difficult game for us down the right sector of the opponent, he suffered a caution early on and that conditions the player with the freedom that he has to go and win the ball and the co-ordination down the left did not give him the back up that he would usually have.”

Is there a need for perspective of results, Brighton got booed despite going eighth after draw v Leeds - above Man U

“I think that the natural feeling of the fan is to want to get what is in play. So when a team doesn’t get what the fans thinks that their team is capable of they manifest their unsatisfaction but I can’t talk about the reality of Brighton because I don’t know it and it doesn’t correspond for me to analyse it. I am just making a projection to the fan in general and that doesn’t coincide with the attitude that the Leeds fans have towards us because in the adversity is when they show most their support and that’s when they have the most comprehension.”

On Vieira at Palace - how impressed have you been with him?

“Obviously the function of a coach is for their team to play as he desires and it’s admirable how deeply he has been able to install his ideas at Crystal Palace.”

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