Marcelo Bielsa claims Leeds’ style is more important than Premier League finish

Marcelo Bielsa has re-opened the whole style over results debate by insisting playing well is more important to him than where Leeds finish.

Leeds are 11th in the Premier League and have made a successful return to the top flight after their 16-year exile.

Bielsa is more interested in style and says that takes precedence over Leeds’ league position.

“The most important thing is how we play,” said the Leeds boss. “If you finish eighth by not playing well that for me is worse than finishing 12th and playing well.

“But it’s also true by playing well it’s easier to finish higher up the table. I hope we are able to play well and advance up the table.”

Bielsa passionately believes in his brand of attacking football and feels it offers Leeds the best chance of success.

The Argentinian has won many plaudits this season because of the entertaining football Leeds have played.

Yet Bielsa concedes he will be criticised because of the number of goals Leeds let in and they have the Premier League’s second worst defence after conceding 38 times.

Their high-pressing style leaves them vulnerable to counter-attacks and they are suspect at defending set-pieces because they lack height in the box.

Bielsa prefers agile, ball-playing centre-halves compared to the traditional six-foot plus totems who are good in the air.

“Like you said, almost everyone finds us entertaining,” he said when asked what he makes of the praise he and Leeds have received.

“There are those who find it entertaining to face a side who concede as many as we do.

“Our team, like all the other teams, we choose to play in a certain style because we think it’s what’s going to bring us closer to winning.

“If you take into account the form, the style, that all brings you closer to the aspects which are most beautiful about the game. Efficiency is the value we are most looking for.”

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