Marcelo Bielsa believes it will be a fitting end to a memorable season for Leeds to play their last game in front of their own fans.

eeds, who were guaranteed a top 10 result in their first Premier League season in 16 years, will play at home on Sunday against relegated West Brom with 9,500 participants.

It will be the first time since March 2020 that fans have been allowed through the turnstiles on Elland Road when Bielsa’s side beat Huddersfield 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Leeds fans will return to Elland Road for the first time since March 2020 (Nick Potts / PA)

Leeds fans will return to Elland Road for the first time since March 2020 (Nick Potts / PA)

“It’s a tribute that they (the players) absolutely deserve and it’s something that they ‘just happen’ to play in front of the fans in the final game of the season,” said Bielsa.

“It’s very lucky that it is because it wouldn’t have been fair if they couldn’t live this moment.”

It will be an emotional occasion for many supporters lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket.

Leeds have exceeded all expectations this season – they could finish eighth – and a generation of fans have never been to Elland Road to see them play in a Premier League game.

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Marcelo Bielsa will end his third season as head coach of Leeds (Lindsey Parnaby / PA).

Marcelo Bielsa will end his third season as head coach of Leeds (Lindsey Parnaby / PA).

“I think the team’s performances have one goal – the happiness of the fans,” said Bielsa.

“Other teams too, but Leeds especially, the public is something that helps to achieve this achievement. So this is a good opportunity for us, linked to the energy that comes from the fans, especially in the trouble.

“Leeds supporters present themselves and add something to help the team. I say what I think, even if it sounds demagogic. “

Bielsa, who will have a third season at Elland Road under an annual contract, has yet to confirm that he will definitely remain as head coach for a fourth season.

The structure of this organization, this team, is a workplace that every manager wants to be in. Even the best managers in the world. Marcelo Bielsa

He said Friday that he had discussions with the club’s hierarchy about his future and insisted that he would not consider any other options.

The 65-year-old Argentine added: “The structure of this organization, this team, is a place of work that any manager would like to be in. Even the best managers in the world.

“That said, this place in Leeds United that they represent in football is a very desirable place. And I share the idea that Leeds United is much more important than me.

“The authorities of this club, with reference to the President (Andrea Radrizzani), the Sports Director (Victor Orta) and the General Manager (Angus Kinnear), have created a structure that has very few weaknesses. Apart from that, it has a special feature that makes it unique. “

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