Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has warned his side of the threat of a Derby County comeback in their EFL Championship playoff semifinal.
The Whites beat the Rams 1-0 in the first leg at Pride Park on Saturday to put them in pole position to book their spot at Wembley against either Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion.
But Bielsa pointed to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur’s remarkable UEFA Champions League comebacks last week as proof anything can happen in the return leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
“The Champions League games this week are a warning of what could happen,” he said. “A 1-0 lead is not enough to be comfortable going into the second leg.
“It is an advantage, but we still have 90 minutes to play.”
Derby did not have a single shot on target but were fuming at referee Craig Pawson’s decision to overturn a penalty he had awarded after consulting with his assistant.
“We always play to win and I think it was a deserved win. I am really pleased with the performance,” said Bielsa.
“Apart from the first minutes of the first half and then 10 or 15 minutes in the second half, when we dominated the ball, we defended well when we had to defend well and we attacked well when we had to attack.
“I did not have a clear view of the penalty. We are very far away from the action and have many players in front of us, so I can’t give an opinion.”
You can see the return game between Leeds and Derby live on Fox Sports 2 from 20h40 CAT on Wednesday night.