Blackburn Rovers will host Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Saturday evening, and manager Tony Mowbray has told the Lancashire Telegraph that they aren’t fearing the Argentine’s side, despite knowing what they are capable of on their day.
Leeds United face Blackburn Rovers at a packed out Ewood Park tomorrow night, and will be backed by an away following of 7,500, with the attendance predicted to come in at over 20,000 for the first time this season for Rovers.
Both sides have got off to encouraging starts to the Championship season. Leeds United have been rejuvenated under Bielsa, playing a stylish brand of football, which has helped them up to 3rd place, just one point behind West Brom in 2nd and two points behind Sheffield United at the top of the table.
Rovers have impressed in the early stages of this season, losing just two League games this season. Tony Mowbray’s side currently sit in 10th place – but just a single point behind Sheffield Wednesday in 6th place.
“I think they know what’s coming,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph of the large away following arriving at Ewood Park tomorrow evening.
“I felt that a few times this year, like the Villa game, sometimes the fans can suck the ball in at that end.
“The threat of their team becomes more from set plays, there’s more urgency to get your head on the ball, to whip a great cross in in front of your own fans, we have to try and dampen that.
“How do you do that? You do it by trying to play in the right areas of the pitch, yet against good teams it can be difficult to stem the flow sometimes.
“I think the crowd will be a factor and that’s why I think it would be nice if we can have a big crowd come along and try to, on the pitch make it a competition but off the pitch a vociferous atmosphere.
“And when we’re kicking towards our end we have the same effect as when they are kicking towards their fans and we feel as if we’re going to score, as if we can create an environment around that half of the pitch that can suck the ball in to the net.
“I see it this as a big game, it might be a bigger game for us than them, and let’s hope so because then our adrenaline levels allow us to match their endeavour and I think we have some pretty talented footballers in this league who can hurt anyone on their day.”
Mowbray remains confident ahead of the clash, stating they don’t feat Leeds United.
“We don’t fear teams generally because we know what’s coming, and I think we know what’s coming with Leeds, we just need to get used to it and then ask questions of them.
“Other teams have tried to do that as well.
“They have lost one of their first 12, we’ve lost twice, and I’m sure it will be a good high-tempo football match and one I know we can win but one I know we can lose. But you should look forward to it, rev them up and send them out there.”