Marcelo Bielsa dismisses suggestion Leeds United face extra pressure when playing last

HEAD COACH Marcelo Bielsa says there is no added pressure when Leeds United play last with the Whites 'forced to win' whatever the fixture schedule.

Saturday, 11th July 2020, 5:50 am

Championship front-runners Leeds will again play last this weekend with Sunday's clash at Swansea City coming after second-placed West Brom and third-placed Brentford have taken in their Saturday games.

United could again find themselves second and with their cushion in the automatic promotion spots reduced to three points if Brentford win Saturday lunch-time's clash at Derby County and West Brom triumph in their Saturday afternoon clash at Blackburn Rovers.

But Bielsa insists the order of the weekend's games makes no difference to the pressure placed on his side with the Whites head coach saying the same outcome is expected whether Leeds play first or last.

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NO CHANGE: Says Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, whether his Whites play first or last in a round of Championship fixtures. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Asked if there was any pressure from playing second, Bielsa said: "No I don't think because even if we play before or after, we are obliged to win anyway.

"The fact that we know the result of the opponents doesn't change anything that we are forced to win."