Marcelo bielsa disputes his first classic in the Premier League, the Yorkshire derby. The Argentine would repeat the team that beat Fulham.
Leeds United visits Sheffield United, in the first classic that Marcelo Bielsa will face in the Premier League as they will share the bill in the so-called Yorkshire derby that faces teams from two cities that are separated by just 50 minutes in the north of England.
The match, corresponding to the third date of the Premier League, will be played at 8 (Argentine time) at Bramall Lane Stadium, with refereeing by Paul Tierney and live televising on ESPN 2 (Cablevisión channels 103 and DirecTV 623).
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds reaches this commitment with the strong promise of offering goals, since in his first two presentations 14 goals were seen: they were a 4 to 3 defeat against the champion Liverpool at Anfield, and a 4 to 3 victory against Fulham in Elland Road.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, accumulated two falls in its two opening games, 2-0 against Wolverhampton and 1-0 against Aston Villa. A start that does not coincide with the good campaign of the previous season, in which he finished ninth, with 54 points.
The derby generates a lot of expectations in both Leeds and Sheffield Despite the fact that the game will not have an audience in the stands, since in Great Britain the strict disposition of stadiums behind closed doors is maintained in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Bielsa, faithful to his roots and his sincerity, said that no classic that he knows can be compared to what a Central-Newell’s awakens in Rosario.
“Of all the classics that I saw, trained or analyzed, I never saw the intensity or the importance of a Newells-Rosario Central“, Bielsa assured in the press conference that he gave this Friday for the Yorkshire derby.
The former coach of the Argentine team led Newell’s between 1990 and 1992, obtaining two titles, and faced Central on four occasions with three victories (4 to 3 in Apertura 1990; 4 to 0 in Clausura 1991 and 1 to 0 in Clausura 1992) and a defeat (1 to 0 in Apertura 1991).
Even the Clausura 92 game was marked in the history of the classic Rosario, since Bielsa decided to face it with a formation of substitutes because he had a commitment for the Copa Libertadores during the week.
Likewise, Bielsa did not detract from the significance of Sunday’s duel: “All games have seasonings that make them attractive.”
“Those of the Premier League even more so and in the case of Sheffield United, which is a derby and a team that has consolidated strongly, that for us is a good way to compare ourselves”, the Argentine pointed out.
Bielsa had words of praise for his next rival, who obtained promotion two seasons ago and consolidated his stay in the Premier League the next.
“The importance of what Sheffield United did in the last two years is very clear. He has a developed and installed system, he has a great coach (Chris Wilder) who made his players respond to the idea of the game he proposes. It will be a great challenge, “declared the Rosario coach.
Leeds presented their sixth reinforcement this week, the Spanish left back Diego Llorente, who arrived from Real Sociedad and with the fundamental factor of having been chosen by the Argentine coach to face his adventure in England.
“Bielsa was a decisive factor for my arrival. Everyone has spoken highly of him. I hope I can help the team with my way of playing, I think we can adapt,” the defender analyzed.
While Llorente could have a chance to go to the substitute bench, Pablo Hernández and Adam Forshaw will continue to be marginalized. The Spaniard suffered a muscle injury in the warm-up prior to the match with Fulham, an unexpected loss that led to the starting debut of Rodrigo Moreno, the most expensive signing of Leeds in the market, through which 29 million euros were paid to Valencia.