Leeds United booked their place in Wednesday’s draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at a packed-out Elland Road.
The Premier League side left it late, with Kalvin Phillips opening the scoring on 79 minutes, before a late Jack Harrison brace sealed the victory.
Here is every question and answer from Marcelo Bielsa’s post-match press conference in full.
You put out a very strong side. How pleased are you with the performance by those players?
We took a very long time to score. We missed a lot of chances. And it was a very contested game. Even if they did not create a lot they disputed every ball. The initial formation that they started with took us the start of the game to accommodate to it. And in both halves we missed 10 chances in each half.
You made Kalvin Phillips captain tonight. Was that because you wanted him to drag the team and the city and all the fans over the line tonight and show that the cup is a really important competition for you?
Kalvin was the captain because he was chosen by his team-mates. Clearly for the team he is a reference and he is also for the public.
Adam Forshaw played for an hour tonight. Was that the plan to play and hour and if so, were you pleased with his performance?
He was going to play between 45 minutes and an hour. And he could handle the rhythm of the game so we’re satisfied.
I thought most people played well tonight, but how would you describe the performance of Jack Harrison?
He unbalanced a lot through his sector. He linked up well with Junior. Him and Junior as his teammate, they generated a lot.
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The squad tonight was a very experienced one, a lot more experienced than some previous cup squads. What was the reason for that?
Every player that played did so justifying why. Some because they had played less in the pre-season, some others were coming back from injury. Some because they had the level of a starter but they have less minutes. And some of them because they can play more than once a week. That’s to say we pick the players with each case in mind.
It seems that unless the situation changes, Raphinha will be unable to get his Brazil debut in the next internationals. How much do you sympathise with him? Do you hope that a resolution can be found?
I feel like Raphinha is going to be important to his country. Sometimes that takes a little bit more time. But my impression is it’s difficult to say, but I run the risk of giving an opinion. I think that he’s going to be important for his national team and he’s going to have the options to show it, to demonstrate it. I hope that any situation will be resolved and he can play when he is picked.
In previous cup games you haven’t gone with this strong a side, you’ve made a lot more changes. Why do you feel tonight on this occasion is different to other cup matches where you’ve made a lot more changes?
Shackleton is a player that deserves to play. Llorente is coming back from injury. Junior needs the minutes. Phillips had played less than the rest. Rodrigo didn’t play the last game. Helder, like Shackleton had had few minutes. Harrison when he puts games together, it improves him. Forshaw hadn’t played an official game for a long time. For each case there was a motive.
Ian Poveda left the club last night on loan – can you explain what’s changed with Ian’s position over the past year or so? Last season he was quite a main part of your main squad, but obviously that position has changed. What’s changed in your thinking around Ian?
Nothing in particular. He had the option to play in an important competition like the Championship and like the club thought, I thought it was a good opportunity for him.
Adam Forshaw – would you agree that he’s taken a big step forward tonight in making a Premier League appearance for Leeds? He looked like a player who hadn’t been away for two years.
Forshaw is very well prepared. He sacrificed a lot in these last two months. Progressively, if he keeps healthy and he acquires the competition rhythm, he has all the virtues to be a player that can shine.