Marcelo Bielsa has elaborated on his decision to substitute Pascal Struijk just 21 minutes into Leeds United’s match against Aston Villa. Never one to shy away from making bold calls, the 21-year-old Dutchman was brought off by Bielsa after receiving an early booking for a foul on Villa talisman Jack Grealish Struijk, in only the fourth senior start of his Leeds career, looked forlorn when he saw his number up on the substitution board, made to exit the field and walk the long way around the Villa Park pitch back to the dugout. Grealish set a new Premier League record for fouls drawn last season, which is likely to have factored into Bielsa’s thinking as he looked to avoid his team being reduced to ten men – as he explained post-match.
Marcelo Bielsa said “Pascal picked up an early yellow card and after this yellow card he had another foul which was a dangerous one, There was a lot of mobility in the midfield, it was very dynamic and it was very easy for anyone to make a challenge out of time so as a result I was worried and made the substitution. He reacted in a normal manner, The explanation, of course, I gave to him and to the whole team.”
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