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Bielsa expecting a clash of styles in Yorkshire Derby against Rotherham

Leeds manager hoping his charges can get back to their best against local rivals. 

Marcelo Bielsa has laid the gauntlet down to his team ahead of their Yorkshire Derby clash with Rotherham on Saturday.

The Argentine manager says Leeds United must win all of their remaining games if they want to ensure promotion to the Premier League this season.

Leeds are currently top of the Championship table, but lost their last fixture away to Stoke.

“We have to win all of our games,” said Bielsa at his pre-match press conference.

“The last result, doesn’t give us more of an obligation to win the next match.

“We played the worst game so far against Stoke City, just after playing our best game in the Championship.

“It is very difficult for us to understand our last performance, we played against an opponent who made it easier for us to win the game.

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“If we had a game where it is easy to do our best — to attack — it was the game against Stoke.

“Even when they played 11 v 10, the opponent was not an obstacle for us, we were our main obstacle.”

Bielsa, who favours a expressive passing game, anticipates there will be a clash of styles at the weekend:

“(On Saturday) there are two teams with different styles.

“Usually Rotherham play long balls, they try to get second balls, use long throw-ins and rely on set pieces.

“We have a different style — it is not better or worse than their style.

“They will try to play using their style and we will try to play using ours.

“I think they know what they have to do to neutralise our game and we know what we have to be careful of to prevent the opponent from doing this.”


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