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Bielsa's here - Reaction to Crawley in training and what have you learnt from that?

I can't say anything different to what I've already said. Of course, the interpretation of what the opponent did was heroic, a miracle, very good. We were humiliated and ridiculed by the opponent. The result allows you to come to these conclusions. When the weaker teams wins the interpretation is what was said. It's natural, logical and fair that is so. There were 60 positions between the two teams. This is Crawley's best result in their history. This is Leeds' fifth-worst loss in their history. So, all the conclusions are fair. Like in all the places it doesn't go well, we try to look at why the things happened we didn't want to happen. We see also the treatment other teams receive in similar situations. For example, Bayern and Atletico Madrid were dumped out of the cup, but we can't compare ourselves to them. They suffered similar defeats to the one we suffered. I always look to see the treatment these teams have towards their losses and I try to extract what I can to bring to my team.


Increased scrutiny on COVID protocols - have you had to remind the players of their responsibilities?

All the rules proposed, always we review them and make sure they are being adhered to.


Did Ben White exceed your expectations last season? How far can he go?

All of us here admire him as a player. We respect him and love him as a human being. He was an excellent professional as well as a team-mate. I hope his career allows him to grow because he deserves it.



Crawley - half-time match was in the balance - explain how those subs were going to win the game?

I have to give you a varied response. Cooper and Pascal were in the starting XI. As we are without Phillips, Koch and Llorente, I have to be careful with the minutes they have. As Tyler Roberts was unwell, the option of Rodrigo Moreno and Harrison in attack becomes a necessity. After any unprecedented event, Pablo can be the attacking mid and Rodrigo the striker. If Rodrigo's not on the field, Harrison becomes the third option in attack if Tyler's not available. I know what position Harrison plays in, but I have to be cautious with the needs of the team. With respect to Poveda, he unbalanced the most in the first half and after 15 minutes in the second half to substitute him was not the correct decision because in the first half he managed to unbalance the opponent. In those 15 minutes we weren't making inroads through the left channel and I wanted to keep Helder on the pitch given Poveda had 30 minutes against Tottenham. That's why I made that change. With respect to the young players, Olly Casey, Jenkins and Greenwood, those have been shining in the under-23 team. They're players who can be submitted to bigger challenges than the under-23 games. There was a lot of expectations these players can have minutes, as well as Gelhardt and Cresswell because they have been playing well to deserve minutes. Dallas, Ayling, Klich and Bamford are never given rests. It was prudent they didn't participate in this game. I can't ignore my three changes and the result was not expected because in the first half we dominated, we didn't create a lot, but we arrived in their box and dominated. In the second half 20 minutes that all changed. The three young lads, Jenkins, Casey and Greenwood, had to play the most difficult minutes. I can't any player responsible, especially not the younger ones or the unbalance in the game. One of the things I thought, the minutes of those who took part, was not the correct one. That has to be with me. Perhaps I should have combined the same players differently and given them their corresponding minutes. Evidently, the team in the first half had balance and the one in the second didn't. I have responsibility.



Team news? Roberts? Anyone else?

Llorente, Roberts and Cooper are all available.



Potter in 2018 - thoughts then and now at BHA?

The two teams he managed, Swansea and Brighton, they have things in common. They have a lot of tactical diversity. They treat the ball very well. They're a team who have good balance between attack and defence




Crawley defeat was fifth-worst defeat for Leeds - where does it rank for you?

Not the worst in my career. I have had worse than this.



Guardiola said it might be too much to ask his players not to hug each other after a goal as there is too much emotion. Do you agree with that?

Habits are very difficult to modify, especially those that come as emotions. I understand completely what Guardiola is trying to say but from our side we will do everything possible to adhere to the rules.


Do you still feel you can still trust Kiko Casilla when you need to, or do you feel you need to turn to Elia Caprile if called upon?

No, I fully trust in kiko. And I will do the utmost possible to help him. I think that the treatment Kiko has suffered ignores the fact that he is a player who played 40 games for Real Madrid. Apart from whether his performances were good or bad, we forget all the thing he has done to get the team promoted. People also don’t consider how he’s being treated publicly given the situation that he had to go through when he was suspended for eight games. I believe in him, his team-mates believe in him and we are close to him because we value him as a person and a footballer.

We accept what people think of him in the media or people, but we know his past and we know his conditions and we care about him a lot as a human being.

BEREN CROSS

What have you made of White at Brighton?

Ben White has shown he is a PL player.



Anyone other than Phillips unavailable?


No, just Phillips.


Can Sunday's humiliation act as motivation?

The word ridiculed and humiliated are not words I would use. We took the game seriously. We were deservedly beaten as there were 20 minutes we could not manage the game. The goals they scored were deserved. We didn't create enough good chances given the time we had the ball. After there's different ways you can treat a result. For example, the story of Tsaroulla, their 25, it was good fortune the moment in the game and brought to life the hardship he has gone through. A homage paid to the fans, the people of Crawley, who have gone through hardship due to the pandemic. This club's most important result in 125 years. One way you can look at the game. Or the fact they celebrated their victory by getting drunk or brought on an actor in the second half to add to the humiliation. Of course, they're all legitimate views. I try to stay with the best one we went through. I don't feel we have to feel embarrassed. Nobody knows the hurt we had to go through after this defeat, but we went into this game taking it seriously. The terms used of ridiculed, humiliated, nightmare, we accept them and understand they can be viewed in this manner. Responding to your question: never do we look at a defeat in a destructive manner. We always try to look at it so we can learn from it.





Do you still feel you can still trust Kiko Casilla when you need to, or do you feel you need to turn to Elia Caprile if called upon?


No, I fully trust in kiko. And I will do the utmost possible to help him. I think that the treatment Kiko has suffered ignores the fact that he is a player who played 40 games for Real Madrid. Apart from whether his performances were good or bad, we forget all the thing he has done to get the team promoted. People also don’t consider how he’s being treated publicly given the situation that he had to go through when he was suspended for eight games. I believe in him, his team-mates believe in him and we are close to him because we value him as a person and a footballer.

We accept what people think of him in the media or people, but we know his past and we know his conditions and we care about him a lot as a human being.



Guardiola said it might be too much to ask his players not to hug each other after a goal as there is too much emotion. Do you agree with that?

Habits are very difficult to modify, especially those that come as emotions. I understand completely what Guardiola is trying to say but from our side we will do everything possible to adhere to the rules.



Crawley defeat was fifth-worst defeat for Leeds - where does it rank for you?

Not the worst in my career. I have had worse than that.

Mark Wright - ultimate humiliation?

No, I didn't explain myself well. I in no way judge if the player came in or whatever his origin is. For me, he is a component of the opponent's team and he legitimately occupies that place and he came on like any other team-mate came on, that's how I interpret it. I talked about the media's point of view, their attempt to find something in the non-football part. As if the game didn't have enough elements to classify our performance as negative, but because it's not sufficient they got to the fact what he does and he came on the pitch. Or the lack of seriousness we could have faced this game, all the extra things that allow the person referring to the game, adds colour to an already important matter. To make us look even more bad or stupid than we already feel. I reiterate this change should in no way be criticised. The conditions this player has linked to him being a TV star, but he deserves to be there. Or the fact a victory is celebrated by getting drunk, I don't think that is bad or good, but I do signal in the same way linked to Casilla, because if someone says Caprile should be in goal ahead of Casilla they ignore Casilla's career. And everything he ahs suffered since the eight-game ban until now. The same treatment given to Casilla is similar to the same treatment the questions have an implied meaning. Player that's serious, trained like Casilla. A layer like Casilla, who has had 40 games for Real Madrid, whether he can be replace by someone never in the first team. The question wants to humiliate Casilla, it has nothing to do with Caprile. This is part of football. One day Meslier gives a bad pass, aged 20, resulting in a goal and whether it was a good idea to replace this 20-year-old with experience like Casilla's, in the next day the question is if a 19-year-old goalkeeper should be in goal because I lost confidence in Casilla.
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Roberts clearly had covid, tbh i wish he was gone i think he is definitely someone we can improve on but MB is loyal to a fault.

Kiko is baffling, the club have gotten the Casilla situation so wrong and now MB is trying to make it sound like Casilla is a victim? No, this is another mistake.

Kiko ans Roberts should both be sold, Casilla's head is gone and Roberts wasnt even a standout in the EFL.

Definitely feel MB is making a massive error with these long defences of KC.
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Bless him, Marcelo is a gentleman of the highest order.
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Cjay wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:42 pm Roberts clearly had covid, tbh i wish he was gone i think he is definitely someone we can improve on but MB is loyal to a fault.

Kiko is baffling, the club have gotten the Casilla situation so wrong and now MB is trying to make it sound like Casilla is a victim? No, this is another mistake.

Kiko ans Roberts should both be sold, Casilla's head is gone and Roberts wasnt even a standout in the EFL.

Definitely feel MB is making a massive error with these long defences of KC.
Two ways of looking at it imo... MB is the generous human being we all believe him to be... or if we want to get anything for him (KC), it would not help the cause by slating him publicly.... I go with the first option.
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MB wouldn't knock a player publicly.

But of asked if he would sign Casilla knowing what he knows now about his performances I wonder what answer he would give.
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Irish Ian wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:28 pm MB wouldn't knock a player publicly.

But of asked if he would sign Casilla knowing what he knows now about his performances I wonder what answer he would give.
Goes to show mate...most of the press do not know the right questions to ask... :)
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Smudge3920 wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:36 pm Two ways of looking at it imo... MB is the generous human being we all believe him to be... or if we want to get anything for him (KC), it would not help the cause by slating him publicly.... I go with the first option.
I'm sure you are right mate.

Aside from the racism thing (has to be said Kiko's defence was daft) the man has been poor poor poor in goal for a long time now.

From a footballing standpoint he should be sold, from a moral standpoint i dont think Bielsa should be defending him in public like he is.

It reads to me like we are trying to portray Kiko as the victim, he definitely wasnt that.

Not expecting MB to throw him under the bus but doesnt sit right with me that we never apologised to Leko and that we have the Bielsa using the racism case as a defence for Casilla.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but that was my impression?
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To be honest, I'm sick of people asking questions about Kiko, whether he is poor between the sticks or his racism charge. It stinks of the press wanting to unsettle MB and the team.

And for fairness, I do think we should replace him, but to keep pressing MB on it is just getting old.
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