Neil Harris has revealed that going up against Marcelo Bielsa and wanting to beat the ‘main man’ drove him to beat Leeds United upon the Championship’s restart on Sunday.
Leeds went to Cardiff City looking to move three points clear at the top of the Championship table, but goals from Junior Hoilett and Robert Glatzel secured the points for Neil Harris’ side and boosted their own play-off hopes in the process.
And, for Harris, going up against the ‘main man’ in Marcelo Bielsa was all the motivation he needed to pick up the three points.
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“There was some worry. Leeds, tough first game,” said Harris, as quoted in Leeds Live.
“Yes, of course, it was and Preston’s going to be a really tough second game, but they could have been the best opposition for us, Leeds.
“Could have been the best opposition because naturally, you’re going to be up for the game.
“I was pumped up for the game because I wanted to beat Leeds because I wanted to beat Marcelo Bielsa, because he’s the main man.
“The players were the same. They wanted to impose themselves on the division and they did that.”
Attention at Leeds has swiftly turned to next weekend’s mega meeting with Fulham, as Bielsa’s side look to keep the Cottagers at arms’ length in the automatic promotion race.
Leeds sit second in the Championship table, still seven points ahead of Fulham, who also suffered a 2-0 defeat over the weekend.
Bielsa is the scalp that many want to claim in the Championship, it has been like that for two seasons now and it clearly still motivates managers like Harris to beat him.
However, there’s motivation for Cardiff in terms of the play-offs, which the Bluebirds now look in a great position to cash-in on. Yet, there was motivation for Leeds too at the top of the table.
Their focus will be on bouncing back, but Cardiff and Harris need to retain their focus and build on this win over Leeds.
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