Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has issued his thoughts on opponents Millwall ahead of this weekend’s clash in the capital.
The Den is sold out for the fixture of the visiting league leaders, and it is expected to be an intense atmosphere in the game at the weekend.
Leeds went to Millwall last season having made an unbeaten start to the season under then-manager Thomas Christiansen, and came away empty-handed after defeat by the odd goal.
This weekend will be Bielsa’s first taste of the rivalry between the two sides, and the Argentinian has offered his thoughts on the Lions ahead of their meeting on Saturday.
Bielsa is anticipating Millwall to be a similar opponent to that of Middlesbrough and offered his thoughts on the infamous atmosphere The Den generates when Leeds are in town. Bielsa told Leeds’ official website:
???? | Marcelo on the atmosphere at The Den "I can't think of any fans that will have more impact than ours. I've been doing this job for the last 30 years, and I've never been affected by it. We should be ready for it."
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 13, 2018
Marcelo Bielsa is right in saying he has encountered this type of atmosphere before, having worked in South America and beyond. Their fans are on a different level compared to some in England.
Millwall will be a test, more so for his players, who might not have experienced an occasion like the one they will on Saturday.
With four key players out, the test becomes even greater, and it is a match that any replacement will need to step up and deliver.
It is not going to be easy. Millwall ended Leeds’ unbeaten streak last year, which was longer, and they could well do again if the preparation has not been meticulous enough.
The match will be a contrast of styles played in a volcanic atmosphere – it will not be one for the faint of heart.
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