Marcelo Bielsa comments on Helder Costa's struggles at Leeds United

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United winger Helder Costa has struggled to make an impact since moving to Elland Road.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that Helder Costa’s failure to find his best form at Leeds United is partly due to his tactics.

Leeds always press high, which can leave opposition sides pinned back inside their own half.

Costa loves getting the ball and using his pace to get in behind defences, but because teams often play with such a deep defensive line against Leeds, Costa’s room has been limited.

And when it was put to Bielsa that Costa’s struggles at Leeds could be due to the lack of room in behind opposition defences, Bielsa said: “Yes it's true. It's a good way of reason. But if we don't press higher, after we should come back in the pitch.

 

“This process will take out a minute of possession for us because when you go back in the pitch you give them possession. And after they recover the ball closer to our goal. So, it's necessary to compare positive and negative things to press high.

“So for me I prefer that, but it doesn't mean it's correct, I prefer more possession, being more close to the opponent goal, recover the ball far from our goal, recover the ball close to the opponent goal to all the opposite.”

There was great excitement when Costa arrived at Leeds, but he hasn’t been able to show his top form yet.

Leeds United's Helder Costa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on October 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

The Portuguese winger has been given a run of starts with Pablo Hernandez out injured, but he is still waiting for his first league goal for the Whites.

Costa will hope to have a greater impact tonight, when Leeds take on Preston North End.

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