Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa gives his honest assessment of Swansea City

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United will welcome Swansea City to Elland Road on Wednesday night as they look to get their Championship season back on track.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds,...

Leeds United’s head coach Marcelo Bielsa has paid tribute to Swansea City ahead of Wednesday night’s Championship clash at Elland Road – but admitted that the South Wales giants haven’t quite lived up to expectations this season.

Leeds have played arguably the most eye-catching football in the Championship since the veteran Bielsa took over at Elland Road, frequently dominating possession with technically gifted players like Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez at the forefront.

 

So it is no surprise that Bielsa, one of the game’s infamous purists, is a fan of a side who were once dubbed ‘Swansealona’ for their commitment to an attractive, passing style.

And, speaking to the club’s official website ahead of The Swans’ trip to West Yorkshire, the 63-year-old has spoken warmly about Graham Potter’s side.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

"For me Swansea is a big team,” said the former Argentina and Chile boss.

“It is a team that hasn’t used its full potential so far and a team that has a counter-culture.

“They have players who are very good with the ball and I like how Swansea play.”

Bielsa is probably right about Swansea failing to live up to their ‘potential’ after returning to the Championship this season. They are eleventh in the table as things stand, seven points adrift of the play-off places.

But that is not all Potter’s fault. The former Ostersunds boss has been forced to mould a squad reliant upon the form of many young academy graduates with Swansea failing to replace the majority of their star players in recent seasons.

Swansea City's Assistant coach Bjorn Hamberg and Swansea City manager Graham Potter during the Swansea City Training at The Fairwood Training Ground on August 14, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

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