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#PLStories – Marcelo Bielsa reveals win against Watford was a necessity for Leeds United season #LUFC #WatfordFC

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds

Leeds United were winless in six before the visit of Xisco Munoz’s Watford side on Saturday afternoon, but Diego Llorente’s first half goal was enough to seal all three points.  Below are statements from Marcelo Bielsa about Leeds United performance

What were your thoughts on the performance, Marcelo? Where does it rank this season?

There was a lot of positive things. We didn’t make errors. We didn’t allow counter-attacks. We didn’t let their forwards stand out. In the first hour of play, we created a lot of danger. In the last 30 minutes, perhaps a little less. It was a fair, deserved win. The difference [in the scoreline] could have been bigger. There were some players who shone. That was it.

Who in particular shone for you today?

I thought that Shackleton evolves. Diego Llorente came back well. Phillips had influence. Tyler Roberts came in very well. The rest were all at a level from medium to high.

Is there still a massive sense of relief for you today? What’s your emotion right now?

Of course I feel relief. Three points from a possible 18 is something to be worried about. Independent of what we deserved or not. To be able to win today was a necessity.

Updates on Summerville [absent] and Dallas [substituted]?

Summerville is sick and I haven’t had any precise info about Dallas yet.

What kind of season do you think Tyler Roberts is having? Today felt like the closest he’s come to making a big impact

He still hasn’t been able to link his qualities with his performances. I in particular have a lot of confidence in his resources. I feel that he is a player who can unbalance and I hope he can evolve and take a leading role in our team. Today he took a step forward.

What did you make of Raphinha’s work-ethic? What kind of difference does that make to a team?

It’s not common [for a flair player to work like that]. He’s a player that stands out. Due to standing out he does not demand privileges. All the opposite he takes on more obligations, even more so. That’s why he’s a player that’s valued so much by all of us due to his humility and his capacity of effort. [That’s] Not common when accompanied with that talent.

Thoughts on Dan James today?

I share your analysis. Every time he plays, he plays better than the previous game. He shows resources and qualities that we know he has and he’s going to become an important, special contribution to the team.

How proud are you of the team in seeing the result out?

I think that only one goal of difference, when the opponent perceives that the game is ending, they take risks. I had the impression we didn’t lose our calm.

Thoughts on Diego Llorente’s return to the side, in particular his passing?

He didn’t make defensive errors. He distributed the ball like you said, with precision and with intelligence. And he scored a goal which is a good way to round off a solid performance.

Didn’t use Jack Harrison today, how good do you feel your resources out wide are? How blessed are you with the players you’ve got?

I was only going to bring Harrison on today if it was indispensable. He has an important pain in his obliques. and it wasn’t necessary for him to come on. They are three players very close to each other: Raphinha, Harrison and James. Also we have Summerville and McKinstry who also have value.



Leeds United Daily news -  Prashant Ahuja - -

English Premier League fan since 1992. Travel enthusiast, sports buff and blog writer with deep interest in watching sports - English premier league, American Football, Basketball, Tennis, Cricket.. you name it.. Firm believer in giving back to the community which gives you happiness and identity. My inspiration - “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

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