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Bielsa slams defensive claims

After Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United, the away managers reaction to their performance was classic Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine coach is known for his exuberant attacking style in which his side concede many goals but often find themselves scoring as many if not more than their opponents.

Despite this, against Manchester City, Leeds needed to be resolute in defence and hit on the counter when possible.

Bielsa was asked after the game whether or not he felt his side deserved to win the match in which he provided a typically cryptic answer.

“This sounds strange to say – it would have been fair if City had won but we deserved to win. The reason we deserved to win was because of the belief of the players. The character, the personality, the effort and the fortitude,” said Bielsa.

When asked whether his side had prepared to sit back and defend the dominance from City in a defensive manner he responded in classic Bielsa fashion.

“Nada. Never. Nothing that happened today had any influence from my part. But I will bear it in mind to train like this!” he said.

Bielsa on how often Leeds practice scenarios where they’re totally defensive. “Nada. Never. Nothing that happened today had any influence from my part. But I will bear it in mind to train like this!”

— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 10, 2021

Leeds defender Luke Ayling had his own say on social media, quoting the tweets from Phil Hay establishing the way his manager wants Leeds to play no matter the scenario.

Murder ball with a man less 😩😩😩😩. No thank you boss 🤣🤣 https://t.co/re15dpdg9A

— Luke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) April 10, 2021

Phillips wanted before Prem debut

One of the stars of Leeds’ season has been shown in the continuation of good form from the Championship of midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Philips was called up to the England national side before even making his debut in the Premier League and were it not for the pandemic, Gareth Southgate says he would have selected him even when he was playing in the Championship.

“We’re really pleased with what Kalvin has done,” said Southgate. “We were going to pick him last March when he was in the Championship [before the pandemic hit]. He came in in August before he had played in the Premier League.

“Kalvin has been a great addition to the group. Super boy, great humility, [a] very, very good player. [He] is really reliable with his rebounding of the ball in midfield. His athleticism is critical.”

With injury problems for Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice there is all the opportunity for Phillips to be a starting central midfielder for England at the European Championships this summer.

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