‘Fearless’ Leeds United can return to Champions League under Marcelo Bielsa

Lucas Radebe reckons Marcelo Bielsa will eventually steer Leeds back into the Champions League.

The Whites returned to the top flight last season following a 16-year absence.

But despite the step up, Bielsa has refused to tone down his side's swashbuckling style.

Leeds battered Newcastle 5-2 on Wednesday and they have now scored 22 goals in just 13 games.

Radebe, who played in the club's 2001 Champions League semi-final defeat to Valencia, insists Bielsa will soon have Leeds back in Europe.

"They don't have any fear and they don't have any respect, which is fantastic because it shows the intention of the club," he said.

"Leeds have a manager who has bought into the culture and tradition.

"I do believe they can do something special as long as they have Bielsa, but obviously it might take a little bit of time because he's still trying improve the team.

"His knowledge of the game, and the respect that he has, he’ll get Leeds to a different level as time goes on. He’s very special for the club. You can see it – his attitude on the bench!

"Leeds is a club that should be competing at that level and you can see with the players now that they are so confident.

"They want to win every game, which is not possible, but it's the way they play.

"It shows they want to emulate that team [from 2001] and get back to when the fans can enjoy those great nights in the Champions League."

Despite their goal-scoring exploits, Leeds look rocky at the back.

They are also now without centre-back Robin Koch, who aggravated a knee injury against Chelsea earlier this month.

Diego Llorente, meanwhile, is nursing a muscular injury and Gaetano Berardi is a long-term absentee.

Radebe believes reinforcements in the January transfer window would be sensible.

"My concern is the depth of the squad because for them to be able to take their performances all the way, they have to dig even deeper," he added.

"But it's great that the chairman is so ambitious. Leeds can still acquire some players that will bolster the squad.

"I think it'll be a wake up call for the club and Bielsa because you can't concede so many goals.

"He's got to toughen up the defence. But it's great that it's happened early in the season so he's able to do that sooner."

Radebe was speaking to beIN SPORTS, the global sports broadcaster

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