Marcelo Bielsa has told BBC Sport after Leeds United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Elland Road that talk of Europa League qualification is too soon – despite climbing above Arsenal into tenth position in the Premier League.
Leeds came into the match with the chance to climb into tenth place with a win, having won four of their last seven Premier League games. They made that five from eight as Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison scored goals.
Harrison got things rolling, netting his sixth Premier League goal of the season with an effort that flicked off Gary Cahill into the net after just three minutes. Bamford made it two in the second half, after Raphinha’s shot was saved.
Asked whether Leeds could qualify for the Europa League this season, a competition that Bielsa reached the final with at Athletic Bilbao in 201, he responded by stating it is too early to consider such an achievement.
“It’s too early. Right now we don’t have the consistency to imagine any higher up the table,” Bielsa told BBC Sport.
TBR’s view – Can Leeds really go as high as seventh?
Probably not. Leeds have been inconsistent and while they have earned wins over the likes of Leicester, Villa away and other impressive performances – they have also lost to Brighton, Wolves and been battered by Man United.
If they play like they did against Palace, yes, they can reach seventh place. But they would have to churn out that kind of performance every week. So far this season, they have failed to do that. Consolidate this season, maybe next time.