'There is no comparison' - Marcelo Bielsa missing Leeds United's Elland Road support

Leeds United head coach. (Getty)Leeds United head coach. (Getty)
Leeds United head coach. (Getty)
Leeds United entertain Leicester City at Elland Road on Monday evening in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa believes football should be a party after admitting that there is no comparison between games with and without supporters.

Professional football across England has been played behind closed doors since March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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United won promotion from the Championship without fans in attendance following last season's resumption and have begun life in the top flight for the first time in 16 years in similar circumstances.

There have been strong calls for terraces up and down the country to be reopened at a reduced capacity since the summer lockdown but any move in the short term is appearing increasingly unlikely.

Bielsa - who was speaking to the media ahead of his sides clash with Leicester City on Monday night - was asked whether he was still able to enjoy football fully during the worldwide crisis.

The Argentine, though, admitted that the absence of supporters at Elland Road was taking a lot of the shine off the game.

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"There is no comparison to football without fans and football with fans," the United head coach explained.

"The presence of fans during games increases the spectacle and adds something to the game with the contact between players and fans.

"It's not the same for the players when they have to do something when there are fans and when there isn't.

"As a result, football is not the same and it is less attractive. There is something going on in the world that is preventing this from happening.

"Football is a party. It is very difficult to have a party with everything that is going on around the world."

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