Leeds United take on Salford City in the Carabao Cup at the Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday evening, and boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he will make changes for the contest.
The Whites head into the tie off the back of an unbeaten start to their Championship campaign, and looking to avoid being one of the giants’ slayed, in a round of the competition famous for upsets.
Leeds have seen off Bristol City and been held by Nottingham Forest in their season to date, and head to the League 2 outfit in confident mood, despite only drawing at the weekend.
Whites fans may feel this is a bigger match than your average clash with a side two divisions lower than them. That is because of the Manchester United influence at Salford, a side the Yorkshire outfit have had quite a rivalry with over the years.
Despite the meaning of the contest, Bielsa has confirmed that he will be making changes to his Leeds line up for the game, although he has stressed he is still determined to win it.
“For us this game is very interesting, with the connections with Manchester United and we are going to play the game as seriously as we can.” The Whites’ official website quote him as saying.
“Salford have some characteristics of typical British style of play, with big strikers and big defenders too.
“At the same time they have a modern dynamic too, they have a good link and good balance of styles.
“We will play with some players who didn’t play in the previous game, the new signings could be involved.
“Some of the players that played on Saturday are going to play again, some will be rested and some will go on the bench.
“The players on the bench in the previous game are going to play this game and some young players will be substitutes as well.
“One of the objectives is to have more players involved, than those who are usually playing.
“This type of scenario allows each player to show what they can do.”
Although Bielsa is going to make changes for the match, he will know the importance of momentum this early in a season, and with three games in eight days from this weekend, the Salford tie is a chance for his fringe players to force their way into his plans for those contests.