By Nick Ware

19th Feb, 2021 | 8:21am

Nuno hails 'special and unique' Leeds, calls Bielsa 'one of the greatest’ ahead of Wolves clash

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has showered Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa in praise ahead of Friday night’s clash at Molineux.

There are only two points separating the Whites and Wolves in the middle pack of the Premier League and a win for the home side would see them edge past Bielsa and co.

Victory for either side would go a long way to aiding both clubs in their respective fight to claim a top-10 finish this season.

Speaking ahead of the game Nuno had nothing but praise for the job being done at Elland Road, telling the official Wolves club website: “Special and unique the way they approach the game. We’ve been able to see they have a fantastic squad and a special manager, Marcelo Bielsa is undoubtedly one of the greatest managers, and what we realise is they are very competitive – it will require the best of us.

“The tactical approach they have, man to man all over the pitch, it’s unique in the Premier League. It’s very difficult for all the opponents because, apart from what they do that is unique, they have talent and fitness. Besides that, a very talented squad.”

He added: “All the managers have their own unique philosophies. Since the Championship, me personally, I try to look at all the competitions I can, and I look a lot at the Championship because I know how hard it is.

“Getting promoted and maintaining the same philosophy is very good and I think he’s brought a new element.”

Time to show top-10 credentials, Whites

Bielsa will certainly be hoping for an improved showing on the last meeting between the two sides on October 19.

Wolves ran out 1-0 winners after Raul Jimenez scored a deflected goal in the second-half and the Whites were a shadow of themselves in a lacklustre display.

Leeds managed just two attempts on target as they struggled to find a way past a miserly Wanderers defence.

However that was a long time ago and Leeds were still in the adaptation phase on their return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

Wolves have endured mixed results since that Elland Road clash as they have struggled to come to terms with the absence of star striker Jimenez who has been missing since sustaining a head injury at Arsenal on November 29.

They will again be without the Mexican on Friday and therefore Leeds must be confident of obtaining maximum points on their travels to put their Emirates disappointment of last Sunday behind them.

In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson tips the Whites to struggle without Kalvin Phillips.