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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has insisted that he will not change his attacking philosophy ahead of today’s clash with Arsenal. The Whites will face the Gunners in the Premier League on Sunday at Elland Road.
Before heading to the international break, Bielsa’s side suffered a 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. They are currently 15th in the league table with 10 points.
“Someone said that the players should not forgive me for the way I made them play in the last two games,” said Bielsa.
“But we need to continue to attack well – and to reduce the errors caused by us doing that.
“We need to not lose the ball in our own half, to finish the attack in the opposition half so there is no counter attack.
“We need to press in the opposition half so they don’t get into ours very easily. That’s what we have to look at.
“What would I do if our style doesn’t get results? Should we go long every single time? Only attack if the opponent makes a mistake? Instead of pressing in their half, wait with 11 behind the ball?
“Trying to attack is what the fans want and you have to try and be efficient with the style you choose.
“Any manner allowing you to win is good and any circumstance when it doesn’t go well is considered bad.
“But I take risks so the game can be beautiful. Taking another option would mean I don’t care and that I will only go whichever way makes it possible to win.”
He added: “You have to pick a way. It doesn’t mean what I am saying is the right way – but you just have to pick a way.
“To construct a style of play takes a long time and to destroy it only takes one moment.
“You have to look at the game (against Aston Villa) when we won 3-0 and the two defeats and the reasons.
“There was 10 days between those three games. The anxiety and despair is bad enough with two defeats but there was also no time to analyse what happened.
“That doesn’t mean I am trying to defend me or Leeds because of these two defeats.”