Marcelo Bielsa issues Terriers warning as Leeds United prepare for Huddersfield Town

MARCELO BIELSA has signalled a warning ahead of Leeds United’s lunch-time derby at Huddersfield Town today, insisting the Terriers are capable of taking higher rank under new boss Danny Cowley.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 4:55 pm
RESPECT: From Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa for Saturday's hosts Huddersfield Town. Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Bielsa’s second-placed Whites head to the John Smith’s Stadium seeking a sixth win in succession knowing three points would send them top of the Championship with leaders West Brom at home to Swansea City tomorrow lunch-time.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, sit sixth bottom and only two points above the dropzone having gone four games without a victory and hammered 5-2 in their most recent outing at Bristol City.

But Bielsa believes today’s hosts have the ammunition to take higher rank with the Whites head coach also expecting further progress under new boss Cowley who succeeded Jan Siewert on September 9.

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Following a dismal start upon their relegation from the Premier League, the Terriers picked up four wins and three draws from seven successive games in the Autumn with Cowley taking the October manager of the month award.

“They have players who make us think they deserve a better position in the table,” said Bielsa.

“That makes us think as well about the impact of the manager, they are waiting for that because the manager is developing them.

“A managers’ work is about trying to balance the result with the players we have. Those kind of processes are not linear, they have highs and lows, ups and downs.

“Every team has those kind of processes, that can happen in different moments of the competition. But it is very difficult that one team in the competition doesn’t have ups and downs.

“When you say something in football, one truth, you have an opposite truth.

"If you look at Liverpool, what I’m saying about every team having ups and downs - you don’t see this in Liverpool. You cannot take the conclusion about the exceptions.”