Marcelo Bielsa sends message after Leeds heartbreak

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United's failure to win Premier League promotion this past season was particularly upsetting for fans.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds Utd during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May...

Marcelo Bielsa has said that nobody is more disappointed by Leeds United's failure to win Premier League promotion than the players themselves.

Leeds finished third in the Championship but were dumped out of the playoffs at the semi-final phase by Derby County, who wound up losing to Aston Villa in the final at Wembley.

Bielsa's side could and maybe should have finished in the automatic promotion spots, but a disastrous Easter period effectively put paid to their hopes of coming first or second.

The Whites had spent most of the season in either first or second place, making their failure to end their 15-year top-flight exile that bit more disappointing.


Speaking publicly for the first time since it was announced that he'd be staying at Elland Road, Bielsa said to Leeds Live: “You just have to accept the pain. I feel very sad first of all, for the players. I don't think there’s someone who feels more pain than our players.

“It’s never good to compare pains, but for me, it’s hard to believe someone is suffering more than my players."

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, as they say, and Leeds fans will be desperate to come back stronger next term under the Argentine.

It was one year ago today that United appointed the legendary coach who, like his players, will be determined to make amends next time around.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and Derby County manager Frank Lampard watch on during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at...

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