‘When you are the conductor in a bad situation, nobody trusts in what you are saying’: Marcelo Bielsa insists he will NOT change Leeds’ style of play despite fears that players are losing confidence in his leadership amid poor form
- Leeds are just three points above the relegation zone after the loss to Liverpool
- But Marcelo Bielsa insists he’ll not change the style of play despite the poor form
- Bielsa also admitted he fears the players are losing confidence in his leadership
Marcelo Bielsa fears his Leeds players are losing confidence in his leadership but says he will not switch styles otherwise results will get ‘even worse’.
The Whites boss has come under fire following Wednesday night’s 6-0 humiliation at Liverpool, a third straight defeat which leaves them just three points above the relegation zone.
Bielsa insists he will not walk out on the club mid-season despite being ‘very worried’ about their plight.
Marcelo Bielsa insists he will not change Leeds’ playing style despite poor run of results
However, the Argentine is also refusing to abandon his attacking principles to adopt a more defensive mindset, even though his squad may be starting to doubt his approach.
‘The players are like every human being, they give their all for those who are conducting them with the promise that we will win,’ explained Bielsa.
‘When we don’t manage to accomplish that promise, it would be naive to think the confidence in the leader is intact.
‘The question that’s missing, if the players are losing faith in what a coach is proposing, in no way have I verified this because I measure it by the effort they put in.
‘But it would be naive to think in a moment of weakness like we’re in, the faith, confidence and credibility is the same.
‘The credibility in what I do is lower and weakened by everything. The only one who believes blindly in myself is me. I’m alone and I believe in what I’m capable of doing.’
Following the heavy loss to Liverpool, Leeds are just three points above the relegation zone
Leeds have conceded 56 goals in the Premier League this season, the most of any team. But ahead of Saturday’s visit of Tottenham, a bullish Bielsa gave a 12-minute answer to explain why he will not change the way his team plays.
‘When you go through moments like this, when the confidence is lost in the leader, how can I defend myself when the team has conceded the most goals in the Premier League?,’ he asked.
‘When you are the conductor in a bad situation, nobody trusts in what you are saying.
‘But what I am sure of is, if I stop doing what I believe in, the situation will get even worse. The question is not of changing how we proceed, but to make our procedures work.
Bielsa says the system is not working due to injuries to key players like Kalvin Phillips
‘My function is to convince. I cannot convince by trying to do procedures I don’t believe in. I will try to do what we do but better, not abandoning procedures that have come out with practise. It’s the only way I know.
‘There are two paths: abandon everything you do, change the profile of the team, or try to correct what is done badly and obtain from this group what they are capable of doing.’
Bielsa believes injuries to key defensive players – most notably centre-half Liam Cooper and holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips – are the reason why his system has not worked like it did last season.
Bielsa’s contract is up in the summer and Jesse Marsch has been touted as his replacement
‘I am not giving excuses, I am just explaining the reality,’ he said. ‘An institution like Leeds cannot have two players worth £20million in each position.’
Worryingly, Bielsa says he does not think Cooper and Phillips will return to fitness by early March, as had been predicted. Striker Patrick Bamford, meanwhile, is still out with a foot problem and will only ‘probably’ play again this season.
Bielsa’s contract is up in the summer and it is widely thought he will leave Elland Road after four years in charge, with out-of-work former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch touted as his replacement.
But asked if he could quit the club before the end of the campaign, he responded: ‘The more adverse the situation is, the more I fortify myself to face it.’