Marcelo Bielsa has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as discussing the mental toughness of his Leeds United players as they look to finish in the top two places of the Championship table.
Leeds suffered a 1-0 loss to Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon while Sheffield United beat Preston North End 1-0 at home. It saw the Blades overtake the Whites into second, while Norwich remain clear.
Impressive striker Che Adams has been linked with a move to the Premier League, and he scored a first-half effort to take his tally to 22 goals for the campaign – as former Leeds boss Monk did the double over the Whites.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Preston North End, Bielsa was asked about the mental attitude of his Leeds players. Six games remain, with enormous pressure on the Whites.
“We can’t talk about our team,” Bielsa said. “Watching our team I have never seen us overcome by the nerves. We know how to live with it. The mind aspect and physical aspect are both linked.
“A strong mind means you can make use of all of your capabilities. Sometimes the evidence is shown by the team. We can compare the strong mind to the adversity we have faced.”
The pressure on Leeds is almost twice fold that of Norwich and Sheffield United. Norwich have been in the Premier League much more recently than the Whites, and are now almost certain to gain automatic promotion.
While Sheffield United are enormously over-achieving and failing to gain promotion would – although be heartbreaking for Blades fans – be a very big success for Chris Wilder and his side.
But at Elland Road, Leeds fans have been starved of Premier League football since 2004. It is a long time since Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell turned out for the Whites. The pressure of having it back is huge.