Marcelo Bielsa has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying that Leeds United have to win the remaining five games to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Leeds regained second spot in the Championship table this week after beating Preston North End 2-0. Sheffield United failed to earn three points against Birmingham City.
It sees Leeds sit on 79 points in second place. Sheffield United are just one behind on 78, while Norwich City look as though they have ran away with the Championship title on 85 points.
Bielsa was asked what Leeds need to do to finally return to the Premier League for the first in 15 years since the financial collapse and relegation back in 2004. The Argentine responded, stating all five games must be won.
“We have to win the five games left. When we have less points to win because you are in the last games, the gap or the space for the mistakes are reduced,” Bielsa said.
“Any of the results of the opponents make us play more free or with more responsibility, any result that they can get, we have to win the games, but for us to play the games with the reason to win is something that is not new to us.”
Leeds face some difficult tests between now and the end of the season. A tough test against Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby sees the Whites kick off at 5.30pm – later than Sheffield United, who play host to Millwall at 3pm.
The Whites also have Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa to play at Elland Road, and travel to face Brentford and then Ipswich Town on the last day of the season.
As we know with the Championship, anyone can beat anyone. Wigan, Brentford and certainly Ipswich will be seen as games the Whites will be expected to win. But Villa’s excellent recent form could derail Leeds.