Leeds did not celebrate after last minute win against Swansea as Marcelo Bielsa calls for calm

Luke Edwards
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Marcelo Bielsa Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on July 12, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. - GETTY IMAGES
Marcelo Bielsa Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on July 12, 2020 in Swansea, Wales. - GETTY IMAGES

Leeds United’s players did not celebrate their dramatic last-minute win over Swansea City with manager Marcelo Bielsa and captain Liam Cooper both urging them to remain focussed on what still needs to be done immediately after the game.

Although there was an understandable explosion of joy when Pablo Hernandez scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute in Wales, it was quickly boxed off by Bielsa and his staff in the away dressing room at the Liberty Stadium.

Instead of toasting their triumph, the players were reminded there are still three games to go and Leeds need another four points to be sure of promotion.

They could secure an eagerly awaited return to the top-flight with a win against Barnsley, on Thursday, if Brentford drop points at home to Preston 24 hours earlier.

Those permutations are being feverishly discussed by supporters, but that talk has been ignored among players and staff, as Bielsa insists they concentrate on what they need to do, not what others can do for them.

Sources have told Telegraph Sport the mood remained calm and analytical rather than excited in the post-match debriefs.

Speaking publicly after the game, Bielsa insisted his players cannot get caught up in the same emotion supporters are feeling as a 16-year wait for a Premier League return edges closer to completion.

“[The supporters are more than feeling what we feel,] said Bielsa, whose side have arguably benefited from the lockdown break as it has rejuvenated their players.

“We are more relaxed, more light, because we are giving the steps that we had to. Of course, when you score at the end of the match it’s a higher feeling, emotion. But the bigger emotion, we didn’t get this at the moment.

“I cannot enjoy this. What you feel is that you are giving a step forward. The only thing I can enjoy is the last objective if we get it [and that is promotion].”

Leeds have also received a boost with the news that key midfielder Kalvin Phillips is likely to be fit to play against Barnsley, despite wearing heavy strapping on his leg against Swansea.