Paul Robinson: Leeds United not bothered about Carabao Cup run
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Leeds United fans are not craving a cup run or a trophy this season despite reaching the last 16 of the Carabao Cup, according to Paul Robinson.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will play away at Arsenal in the fourth round of the competition next month after they beat Fulham on penalties following a goalless draw at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.
Despite it being Leeds’ best cup performance since Bielsa took charge at Elland Road, Robinson has played down the Whites’ chances of going far in the competition or even winning it.
The former goalkeeper doesn’t even think that fans are too bothered about the Carabao Cup and he suggested that Bielsa’s team selection at Craven Cottage showed he’s more concerned about Premier League survival.
“I don’t think it’s a priority for any supporter or for anybody at the club,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“No disrespect to the players who played but I think you saw with the team Bielsa played at Fulham, there were a few first-teamers in there, but it didn’t look like a team that was put out to win the competition.
It looked like a team where he was trying to guard the crux of his first-team squad to stay in the Premier League – that’s what they want to do.
“Bielsa’s remit isn’t to win a trophy it’s to stay in the Premier League and develop on last year.
“Whatever the result would have been versus Fulham, it wouldn’t have been an issue, it’s definitely not a priority for Leeds to win the Carabao Cup.
“I don’t think there’s any Leeds fan who would crave a cup run or a trophy. Another season in the Premier League is a must.”
Leeds beat Crewe 3-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup before their victory at Fulham on Tuesday.
In both matches, Bielsa has played as strong a team as he probably could have played without a major rotation in personel.
Injuries have made it tough for the Whites lately but an away clash at the Emirates is very much an alluring prospect based on the way Mikel Arteta’s side have started the season.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani hit out at a fan on Twitter after he tweeted about a Whites player in the win at Fulham.