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Leeds United head coach dismissed talk of a fallout with midfielder Kalvin Phillip as his side prepare to host Brentford on Sunday.
Phillips has long been linked with a move away from Elland Road following his impressive debut top-flight term and outings with England at Euro 2020.
Reports had circulated of a disagreement between the pair, but Bielsa dismissed the speculation as Leeds look for back-to-back wins after edging past Crystal Palace last game.
Asked about Phillips, Bielsa said: "This was describing something that didn't happen at all. What I am saying is that it is the way the press are, the objective is very clear, it is to bring attention through any type of resource.
"The press, not only do they inform, but they have the legitimate need that what they tell wakes up interest and in that process, on occasion it happens, that they invent realities to bring attention.
"To win consecutively fortifies you. We focus on every game independent of who comes next but given the amount of fixtures we have played up until now, the points that we have got on the board are few and every fixture is an opportunity to balance our numbers."
Brentford travel north on the back of an underwhelming 2-0 loss against Tottenham, and Bees head coach Thomas Frank has already started the mind games.
"The next game is always the most important game, if that's against Leeds, Man City, Norwich, Watford, Arsenal, I don't care, it's always the next game," Frank said.
"I agree about them being a newly promoted club, I still think [they are] slightly bigger because their history, their budget [is] slightly bigger if you look at the players they've bought, slightly bigger.
"But on Sunday hopefully we do everything we can to make it an even match."
Leeds United - Raphinha
Raphinha has scored 46% of Leeds' Premier League goals so far this season (6/13), with the Brazilian's strikes being worth seven points to the Whites.
Brentford - Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney has fired in 22% of Brentford's shots in the Premier League this season (34/157), with only Brighton's Leandro Trossard (23%) attempting a higher ratio for any side. Toney had half of Brentford's shots in their 0-2 defeat at Spurs last time out (3/6).
·Leeds are looking to win consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season, while the Whites are looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight for the first time since August 2002.
·Brentford have lost five of their last seven games in the Premier League (W1 D1), after losing just one of their first seven matches in the competition (W3 D3). Indeed, the Bees have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League matches, after recording a shutout in their first two games this season.
·Leeds have scored a 90th minute penalty in two of their last six Premier League matches, Rodrigo's equaliser against Wolves and Raphinha's winner against Crystal Palace. The Whites had only scored a penalty in the 90th minute of two of their first 514 Premier League matches - Gary McAllister's third goal in a hat-trick against Coventry in October 1995 and Ian Harte's winner against Derby in December 1999.
·Brentford are unbeaten in their last six away league games against Yorkshire sides (W4 D2), last having a longer run without defeat in the county between 2007 and 2011 (8 games).
·This is the first top-flight meeting between Leeds and Brentford since April 1947, with the Bees winning 2-1 at Elland Road. Both sides were relegated at the end of the that campaign.
Updated December 3, 2021