Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has no time for complacency

Marcelo Bielsa has warned Leeds not to complacent against Rotherham as they bid to maintain their perfect start under the Argentinian.

Bielsa has Leeds fans dreaming of an end to their 14-year Premier League exile because he is their first manager since Jimmy Armfield in 1974 to win his opening three games.

However the wily Bielsa knows from his 28 years as a coach with 10 different clubs and two countries in South America and Europe to take nothing for granted.

Bielsa, 63, claims Leeds must not think they are superior to their Yorkshire rivals and Championship new boys Rotherham.

“If you think that we are favourites, you’re supposing that we should feel superior to our opponent or that our opponent should feel inferior to us,” he said.

“These things are never decided before the game. It’s better to demonstrate it than to say it. But regarding our team, before playing we never think we are inferior to any other team.”

Rotherham’s direct approach will be in contrast to the style of Leeds’ other two Championship victims, Stoke and Derby, but Bielsa insists he will not change to counter them.

The former Argentina and Chile boss, who watches games at Elland Road sitting on an upturned bucket in front of the dug-out, is a devout believer in possession football and refuses to deviate from that.

“Their style is different,” he said. “It’s not the same as the first two opponents.

“They play long balls to the strikers and they don’t play with the ball on the ground. This is the main difference, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be like that.

“It’s very hard to implement a style of play. It’s not easy. It becomes more difficult if you are not consistent and don’t respect your style of play.

“We will take into account the style of the opponent, but we will play as we have done so far.”

Bielsa says he will probably revert to the side, which beat Derby so emphatically last Saturday after making eight changes for the Carabao Cup win over Bolton.

“I think it will be the same starters,” he said. “The conclusion could be that the team who played last Saturday played very well so maybe you should keep this team.”

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