Marcelo Bielsa thanks fans for the love as Leeds revel in promotion party | Soccer

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Social distancing was suspended outside Elland Road on Friday night as Leeds fans celebrated the club’s long-awaited return to the Premier League.As the final whistle blew up at Huddersfield, where West Brom’s 2-1 defeat meant Marcelo Bielsa’s team was sure to make it to the top two in the Championship, supporters began to gather in outside the famous 16-year exile of the Premier League.


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As the fireworks lit the sky, beer was drunk by the Billy Bremner statue and banners emblazoned with “In Bielsa we Trust” were raised. Car horns sounded and chants of “Bielsa is God” were interspersed with: “Are you looking at Manchester?”

The manager was spotted outside his home in Wetherby saying, “Thank you, thank you” to fans saying, “We love you”, before nudging and posing for selfies.

Bielsa players celebrated inside the stadium, from where Pablo Hernández and Patrick Bamford greeted enthusiastically from an upstairs window and the injured Kalvin Phillips briefly stepped out to greet the fans through a door near the main reception.

Phillips said: “We are delighted. Promotion means everything. There is no manager that I prefer to be under Marcelo Bielsa. He’s the best in the world. ”

Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla summed up the team’s collective excitement with an emotional tweet: “We’re back !!!! We are in the first division !!!! Yessssssssssss !!! We are Leeds !!!! LUFC. Many days to dream of this day !!! We deserve it! Proud of this TEAM, proud of our supporters! I can’t describe this moment! Yesssssss !! Thank you for your support, impossible without you! ”

Howard Wilkinson, the manager who led Leeds to their last top title in 1992, was quick to predict his former club could ‘honor’ the Premier League. “Marcelo Bielsa dared to be different,” he said.

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