Every word Marcelo Bielsa said on Leeds United fans, Everton draw, Robin Koch and Rodrigo absence

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side were treated to a capacity crowd at Elland Road for the first time since March 2020 this afternoon.

The Whites rewarded their loyal support with an intense and pulsating affair, twice coming from behind to draw level with Everton.

Goals from Mateusz Klich and Raphinha evened out Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray’s strikes for the visitors who found life difficult in the closing stages as Leeds continued to press and probe for a third goal.

The shares were spoiled but Leeds have points on the board at the second time of asking, improving on last year’s result against the same opposition.

Here is everything Marcelo Bielsa had to say on the 2-2 draw with Rafa Benitez’s Everton.

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How proud of your players are you after last week’s result, to see that performance today?

The game today was a big test for the team and this was multiplied because we were behind twice. To have been able to draw the game and to have dominated it for so many moments, they are aspects to value.

But given the amount of minutes that we dominated, we should’ve created more chances at goal and we should have conceded fewer less chances at our [goal]. We played a game against an opponent that didn’t need to dominate us to create chances.

Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison – how pleased are you at how they’re combining?

It’s a question that comes with the answer included in the sense that they’re not producing what they can with regards to the quality that they have. Firpo is a highly-technical player and he has an explosiveness to move and that should mix well with Harrison’s characteristics, but we can’t think that the [relationship] between them is going to happen rapidly and spontaneously.

I think there’s going to be progression until we finally get what we expect.

Are things being let go more often by officials this season?

It’s true that the refereeing is more lenient now. I wouldn’t be able to tell you if that favours our style of play. It allows us to recover the ball easier because there are fouls which are not whistled and it doesn’t allow some of our attacks to develop because you need a higher dosage of speed. I think adding and subtracting in the end, there’s not big differences.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United is challenged by Allan of Everton
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United is challenged by Allan of Everton

Update on Robin Koch’s absence?

He has a pain in his pubis and he didn’t manage to recover from this situation in time.

What did you make of Leeds composure given the atmosphere and some of the battles out there?

The contribution of the fans is always something that makes the game grow.

Were Leeds in a rut just after Everton’s second goal – why do you think that was?

We didn’t start well the second half. And after the goal there were disconcerting moments as a product of the effect of having gone behind once again. It is a situation which is normal in football when a team is losing but not because of that should we run the risk of conceding more goals. That’s to say that those moments posterior to the 2-1, were the most fragile of the team.

How do you see the start of this season for Rodrigo – a big call to leave him out of the team today?

During the week he had a slight muscular issue of which he recovered quickly. If that hadn’t happened he would’ve been our offensive midfielder in the game today. I have a lot of confidence in the qualities of Rodrigo. During his holidays he did physical work that was very important and during the six weeks of pre-season he’s the player who shone the most in those weeks. I have a lot of hopes for him that this season he’s going to show all the qualities that he has.

In the game today I opted for Klich and Tyler. He could’ve played, that’s why he was a substitute but I preferred the two players that I named to come on instead.

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