'Within our aspirations' - Marcelo Bielsa on where Leeds United could finish upon Premier League return

MARCELO Bielsa hopes Leeds United will put more shine on their season in the final seven games and says a top-half finish is the minimum of what could be achieved.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 3:58 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 4:02 pm

Bielsa's side sit tenth ahead of Monday night's Elland Road clash against last season's champions Liverpool who themselves are only seven points and four places above the Whites in sixth.

Newly-promoted Leeds are not yet technically speaking safe from relegation, despite second-bottom West Brom being the only side in the division's dropzone that have any mathematical hope of overhauling the Whites.

That said, the Baggies are 21 points behind Leeds with just seven games left and with a minus 31 worse goal difference meaning it would take a miracle for United to get even close to the bottom three.

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LOOKING FORWARD: Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, left. Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

On the maths side of things, it means that United’s next point will make them ‘safe’ – and Bielsa is keen to stress what is possible on the figures in looking to now apply a glossy finish to an impressive first season back in the Premier League.

"Everything that is mathematically possible is within our aspirations," said Bielsa, asked first and foremost about how much of an achievement a top-half finish would be and how possible he believed that was.

"The way in which we play the remaining seven games, the points we obtain, will give the campaign more shine or less shine.

"So to have an opinion on something which has not happened and is subject to the seven remaining games wouldn't be a good idea."

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Thank you Laura Collins