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Marcelo Bielsa wants to face Grealish: “It’s a stimulus for us”

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Leeds face Aston Villa in the Premier League this Saturday and Bielsa is hoping that Jack Grealish will be fit to play against his team.

Marcelo Bielsa previewed Leeds’ game against Aston Villa at Elland Road this weekend and displayed a winning mentality. The Argentinian manager sees football this way: if you’re going to win, you’re going to win against the best team possible. For Aston Villa, that means one thing only: Jack Grealish fit and ready to cause mayhem on the pitch.

Jack Grealish was sidelined from his team’s clash against Leicester due to injury. However, the Villans’ manager Dean Smith dismissed rumors of a long absence. Therefore, there is still a chance that the English midfielder could feature in the next Premier League round, a possibility that would please Bielsa.

“He is a great player who can unbalance you,” Bielsa said. “But I always prefer that opponents have their best players available because even if that fortifies a team, and makes them more scary to face, it’s also a stimulus for us to face such players, to try to neutralise them.”

Leeds are also missing one of their best players.

One of the Peacocks’ top performers, Kalvin Phillips, has been out with an injury since the start of the month. Although it initially looked like a small issue, the midfielder’s recovery has been slower than expected.

“When he got injured, like I told you, he had an option of having a quicker return. But his injury is in his calf and it’s in a place where we have to avoid a recurrence because that would make the situation worse. We’re being very cautious so that when he returns he returns for definite.”