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We lack X-factor to compete with greats - Bielsa

Thu 10 December 2020 | 14:26

The Argentine coach has realized what his team lacks to compete with big teams.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa believes his side lack the X-factor to compete with other big teams in the Premier League.

Leeds has attracted a lot of attention and praise with its good results and performance after returning to the Premier League. They started the league with an exceptional performance against Liverpool, but still have four wins so far and are in 14th place in the league.

On Friday, the Bielsa students will face West Ham, and the Argentine coach believes that last week's defeat against Chelsea taught him and his team a great lesson.

Former Argentine and Chile manager said: “

What we have to learn is something that is one of the most difficult things to learn in football,”

“The big, big teams, when everything you do is not enough, they do what’s necessary.

“When they find out everything they’ve done is not enough, they go above and beyond to make that difference.”

“When a team does well it increases the responsibility upon them because as a team that played well, the rival will notice this and it will capture their attention,”

Bielsa added.

“This was reflected in the game against Chelsea because in this game Chelsea produced their best game in physical data.

“It’s not they improved just a little bit, they increased about 20 per cent in all their physical aspects. For us, from a physical standpoint, we played our second-best game of the season.

“We were better than Chelsea from a physical point of view, but not in the proportion we had over them prior to the start of the game.

“For us to be better than a great rival, we need to make them worse. For this we need to obtain a clear physical advantage over our opponents and in this case, there is not a lot more we can demand from the players.”

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