Bielsa not prepared to compromise on Leeds approach

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa revealed his side will chase victory in exactly the same manner in every Sky Bet Championship game this season.

Bielsa’s side dismantled promotion favourites Stoke at Elland Road last week in his first game in charge and there will be no compromising when they hit the road.

Leeds take on Frank Lampard’s Derby at Pride Park on Saturday and Bielsa insisted they will adopt the same high-intensity style and bid to take the initiative.

“This is my goal,” Bielsa said. “You balance your goal depending on the behaviour of your opponent.

“If you have a team that wants to dominate and impose its style and you have another team which prefers to speculate, or wait, it’s easier to play like that.

“But if both teams wait, or if both teams have big ambitions, it’s harder to impose your ideas.

“I tell you that because in the next games, if we can’t impose our style it would mean that the opponent prevents us from imposing our ideas, not because we don’t try to.”

The Argentinian added: “For me the famous ‘Plan B’ is only determined by a player who has different characteristics for the same position, but the goals are always the same.”

Leeds will be without Stuart Dallas at Derby after the midfielder, a second-half substitute against Stoke, was ruled out for two weeks due to a thigh injury.

Bielsa confirmed he will field the same starting line-up, with full-back Gaetano Berardi partnering captain Liam Cooper at the heart of defence.

Centre-half Pontus Jansson, still playing catch-up after returning late from World Cup duty, will resume on the bench alongside summer signings Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Lewis Baker and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.

Bielsa is confident his trimmed-down squad of 18 outfield players can maintain their intensity levels for 46 Championship games and beyond this season.

“I don’t think it will be difficult to do something that English football already does naturally,” he said.

“You’re right. There are many games, but we have two players for each position. I hope we have the knowledge to combine all these resources.”

He added: “I suppose you ask this question because you know the Championship competition and it’s your interpretation.

“But I think 50 Championship games in 10 months – it’s not a figure that 18 players can’t reach. It’s doable.”

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