Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leeds United - recap: Marcelo Bielsa and Jose Mourinho reaction

Leeds United travel to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime - follow every kick with the Yorkshire Evening Post's match blog.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 5:10 pm

Marcelo Bielsa's men made it back-to-back top flight wins in midweek with an emphatic victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Jose Mourinho meanwhile saw Spurs' clash with London neighbours Fulham called off due to a number of positive Covid-19 tests in the Cottagers' camp.

The Whites and Spurs will meet in the capital this afternoon to kick-off the new year, and you can follow all the latest live below throughout the day:

Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Pic: Getty

Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United - LIVE BLOG

Last updated: Saturday, 02 January, 2021, 12:06

  • Leeds travel to Spurs in the Premier League
  • United are 11th after back-to-back wins
  • Tottenham sit 7th in the table
  • Mourinho faces Leeds for the first time in his career
  • Kick-off in the capital is at 12.30pm
  • -------------------------------------------------------------
  • FT: Spurs 3-0 Leeds 

It’s a bright and early one today… Leeds United begin 2021 with a trip to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur.

Can the Whites make it three wins in a row? We’ll have all the latest right throughout the day…

Early Tottenham team news

Tottenham are hopeful  Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius will be fit in time to face Leeds, while Giovani Lo Celso remains absent with a hamstring injury.

Gareth Bale is also missing with a calf problem.

Early Leeds team news

Marcelo Bielsa was unsure over the extent of Mateusz Klich’s injury which saw him substituted in the second half at the Hawthorns.

The midfielder has been ever-present for the Whites this season and Leeds will be hopeful he can recovery in time for today’s clash.

Liam Cooper missed out against the Baggies with an abdominal strain while United were still waiting on fellow defender Diego Llorente (muscle) to return.

Robin Koch remains out until March with a knee problem.

Predicted Leeds United line-up

Jose Mourinho more often than not chooses a 4-2-3-1 line-up.

Leeds usually change their formation to match the opponent, and providing their is now surprise with two up front from the hosts should stick with their favoured 4-1-4-1 formation.

Should Mateusz Klich been passed fit, we expect Leeds to stick with the same line-up which demolished West Brom in midweek.

XI: Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.

Mourinho ahead of kick-off

We know where they are very strong and of course we have to try not to let them export their strengths.

 

At the same time we have to try to play our game.

Jose on Leeds

Bielsa ahead of kick-off

They’re a very difficult team to face, in every position they have solid good players, they have options, they have strikers who can unbalance and they’re very clear on how they want to play.

 

It’s a team in which you can clearly see the influence of the manager, they’re very competitive.

Marcelo on Spurs

Players check in - Klich arrives

Spurs release statement over Covid rule break

Page 1 of 10