The key quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's pre-Brighton & Hove Albion press conference
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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa met with the press as the Whites travel to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion. 

The Leeds boss discussed a number of topics, including team news, the attitude of his side, playing Kalvin Phillips in different positions and Ian Poveda's injury.

On the health of the squad

Bielsa gave an update on the fitness of several key players, including Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.

"Luke [Ayling] will probably be able to play with the U-23's on Monday.

"[Jamie] Shackleton is healthy, Raphinha and Rodrigo are also available. 

"The ones who are finishing their period of recovery are [Robin] Koch and Bamford.

"Bamford has an injury in his ankle and it is very serious. That's why his definitive recovery is extended.

"Koch had to go for surgery and the terms of his recovery are what was expected."

On the mood of the club

With Leeds hovering just above the relegation zone, the gaffer discussed how he feels about the club's current position.

"There are two ways to see it. One of them is that we are avoiding being in the bottom three.

"The results that we have obtained up until now are those that position us in the table where [we] are.

"The performances in the last period have been improving and what we deserved allow us to think that we should have a few more points."

On Kalvin Phillips' position

Having played as a centre-back against Tottenham, Bielsa is aiming to return him to his more natural position in the midfield.

"I think at Leeds his natural position will be a defensive mid. That is the place where you most see Kalvin's qualities.

"He was our best player in the game against Tottenham. He was our best player in the moments that corresponded with him playing along [Liam] Cooper and [Diego] Llorente following [Harry] Kane when he dropped deep.

"Now from my point of view, the best of Phillips, you will find it when he plays in the middle of the pitch."

On Poveda injury

After suffering a broken fibula and ligament damage while on loan at Blackburn Rovers, Bielsa gave his outlook on the 20-year old's future.

"We have established a contact with him, all of the technical staff to know about our sadness and how we will be close after what has happened to him.

"Either way, he is a young man with a lot of character and that is going to allow him to recover and to come back stronger than before."

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