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Marcelo Bielsa: 'We must make our possession count'

:Headline: Marcelo Bielsa: 'We must make our possession count':
Whites head to Aston Villa on Friday.
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Marcelo Bielsa has warned his Leeds players it is crucial they retain their attacking reputation or risk failing to establish themselves in the top flight.

Bielsa believes his side's failure to convert their chances against Wolves on Monday night handed their opponents the belief they required to escape with a 1-0 win at Elland Road.

And a repeat performance at unbeaten Aston Villa on Friday could further threaten the aura which accompanied Leeds into the Premier League, and was enhanced by their opening-day performance at Liverpool.

Kalvin Phillips has a shoulder injury (Michael Regan/PA)

Bielsa said: "In a team like us that attacks, it is not good when our attacks don't create danger.

"When this happens the opponent feels that we are not able to cause them much danger, and this makes the game more even.

"The conclusion is that we understand why we lost the game even though we shouldn't have, and we dominated the large majority of it."

Liam Cooper was injured on international duty (Paul Ellis/PA)

Bielsa has injury problems ahead of the trip to Villa Park, with Kalvin Phillips ruled out for a number of weeks after picking up a serious shoulder injury.

Phillips will be replaced in midfield by Dutchman Pascal Struijk, who had stepped in for Liam Cooper on Monday after the centre-back suffered a recurrence of a recent groin injury.

Cooper remains a doubt for the trip to Villa while Diego Llorente is definitely out, also with a groin strain which he sustained on international duty.

Pascal Struijk will move into midfield to replace Kalvin Phillips (Phil Noble/PA)

The flexibility offered by Struijk is key to Bielsa's approach as he seeks to get the best from a squad which he insists retains strength in numbers despite the recent injury blows.

"We have many players who can play in a number of positions," added Bielsa. "Being able to play in more than one position always helps the manager.

"The squad is not small because we have two players per position, and there are no big differences between the two players who occupy each position.

"At the moment we currently have injuries in the same positions but that doesn't mean we have a small squad. We can also count on the players from the academy who deserve their spot in the squad."

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2Liverpool106312217521
3Chelsea1054122101219
4Leicester CityLeicester106041914518
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham105231711617
6Southampton105231916317
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves105231111017
8Everton105141917216
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd95131616016
10Aston Villa95042013715
11Manchester CityMan City94321511415
12Leeds UnitedLeeds104241517-214
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Arsenal104151012-213
15Crystal Palace104151215-313
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton102441416-210
17Fulham102171119-87
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom10136718-116
19Burnley9126417-135
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd10019416-121
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