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Marcelo Bielsa ignoring Leeds United promotion talk

Marcelo Bielsa ignoring promotion talk
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Marcelo Bielsa points out that only "five per cent of the Championship" season has been played, meaning that it is too early to consider his side promotion hopefuls.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has insisted that it is still too soon to draw any conclusions on his side's Championship promotion hopes.

The Whites have won their first two league games under the 63-year-old, doing so with a swagger in overcoming much-fancied Stoke City and Derby County sides.

Bielsa was quick to play down talk of Premier League football following the 4-1 win over Derby at the weekend, however, and he has again shot down those who believe that two games is enough to make assumptions.

"If you think that we are favourites to go up, we have only played two games so far," he told reporters ahead of Tuesday's EFL Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers. "We shouldn't trust this kind of affirmation because we've played only two games.

"Two games are not enough to make conclusions on the team. We all know that. And you know that. You ask me a question but you don't believe in it. We can't draw perspective after playing just 5% of the Championship. Less than five per cent.

"You ask me a question but I'm sure you don't share the concept that gives substance to the question because you have on one side the hope that comes from the fans and on the other side we have to make an analysis, you and me. I don't know if my answer is a good one."

Leeds are being kept off the top of the table by Middlesbrough, who have seven points after playing a game more.


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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during his side's Championship clash with Derby County on August 11, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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