Leeds United v Burnley – LIVE BLOG: First squad news and Marcelo Bielsa’s planned lineup
Last update: Sunday January 02, 2022, 12:46 PM
- Leeds welcomes Burnley to Elland Road
- The Whites are back after a 15-day break
- Leeds five-point clarets in the drop zone
- Kick-off in LS11 is at 2 p.m.
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- Leeds United v Burnley
Leeds team arrive at Elland Road
Forshaw, Klich and Roberts come out first.
A few U23s follow – Jenkins, Bate, Moore, Hjelde, Van Den Heuvel. Joffy, Greenwood and Summerville too.
Robin Koch and Kriftoffer Klaesson here too.
Bielsa Program Notes
“Burnley has a very experienced manager in Sean Dyche and, during his long tenure, has grown into an established side in the Premier League,” Bielsa writes.
“Like their manager, they also have a lot of experienced players at this level and although they are currently in a lower position than us in the league, we are expecting a very difficult game.
“However, if we are able to play at the high level that we have shown in a number of matches this season, there is no reason why we cannot come away with a positive result.”
Liam Cooper’s Program Notes
“Today we have the opportunity to produce a positive performance at home against Burnley,” wrote Cooper.
“Before our loss to Arsenal, we hadn’t lost at Elland Road since September, so it’s time to start a new round.
“The home games are huge with you behind us and we are confident that we will gain a lot of points here by the end of the season.”
Leeds United planned lineup
YEP XI (3-3-1-3): Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Koch; Dallas, Forshaw, Firpo; Raphinha, Roberts, James; Gelhardt.
“They had such a flying season last season and they set the bar really high with the way they play, their levels of performance,” said Dyche.
“It’s not easy to do this season after season in the Premier League.
“I think they probably knew and were realistic that there was a challenge, that it could be a more difficult season.
“They have more points than us now and they managed to get victories on the table.
“It’s a decent outfit, but they maybe don’t purr as much as they did last season.”
What Marcelo Bielsa said
“Every game we play from now on will be important,” said Bielsa.
“The ones we’ve played before are the ones that position us where we are, and Sunday’s game is a great opportunity to redirect the direction of the campaign.”
He added whether the break could have been beneficial: “The illness of a group of players can never be considered positive, even after alternative consequences which can be assessed – what causes it is serious enough not to be valued. . “
Top scorer Maxwel Cornet should be assessed as he prepares to come back from a thigh problem during his last outing before CAN’s involvement.
The Clarets have had Covid in the camp but are expected to see a number of players return after a period of isolation.
Kevin Long is back available for selection although Josh Brownhill remains out after testing positive.
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