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SHOCK RESULT: Can Leeds United beat Chelsea?

 

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United will want to grab three points against Chelsea despite being underdogs pre-match.

They clash at Elland Road in a league game for the first time since 2003 when it ended all square at 1-1.

As it stands, Leeds United have won five of the last nine league meetings between the two sides.

Chelsea did win the last away game at Leeds in a 5-1 League Cup victory back in December 2012.

They've never won consecutive away games at Elland Road in all competitions before.

Leeds' opponents have also lost away at a newly promoted club in each of the last three seasons.

Having drawn at West Brom and beaten Fulham, Leeds will hope to extend the run to four campaigns with a win of their own.

 

Leeds United team news ahead of Chelsea game

 

Jamie Shackleton, Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi are all back to fitness and available for selection.

Bielsa did hint that Koch may feature for the under-23's before a full return to the first team.

The Leeds boss also mentioned that Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo are "good".

Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez and Pascal Struijk will not feature against Chelsea and remain injured.

 

Success at Leeds for Bielsa?

 

Bielsa was asked if he felt as though he could stay at Leeds for as long as he wanted after the success under his leadership.

He's been charge of Leeds now for over 1000 days and supporters never want his time in charge to end.

 

The Argentine didn't share that thought however and claimed he hadn't triumphed in the job.

"It was very difficult not to achieve this [promotion to the Premier League] because the level of the team deserved it," he told the press.

"If we had come to the Premier League and been 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th - to have achieved this would have been a valuable achievement, but we're not.

"I don't think anyone can describe it as successful. Not many managers in football...stay in a job as long as they like."

Leeds supporters may well disagree with this notion and feel Bielsa's time in charge has been excellent.

To bring Premier League football back is as successful as they've hoped to be for years.

However, it is a positive sign for the club that their manager feels there is still more to do.

Fans do tend to worry that the gaffer may decide time is up and the project isn't worth his while.

The fact he still feels that there's work to be done shows he wants to stay at Leeds United.

A win against Chelsea may boost his side's chances of a top half finish he craves as a mark of a successful campaign.


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