The five key quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's post-Crystal Palace press conference
Leeds United's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa reacts during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Leeds United at Selhurst Park in south London on November 7, 2020. Naomi Baker / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Leeds United saw yet another disappointing day at the office as the Whites went down 4-1 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon. After the game United head coach Marcelo Bielsa gave his thoughts on the encounter to the media following the conclusion of the game.

  • The result is fair, but the difference is exaggerated.

The Argentinian was asked if he felt the result from the game was a fair result and the boss thought it was, however, he claimed the difference is exaggerated. "The defeat is fair, but the difference is exaggerated," he explained

"The goals that Crystal Palace scored arrived at the time when we deserved to score."

  • Did you deploy the team the right way today?

On Monday following the game against Leicester, Bielsa admitted that he didn't deploy his side in the correct way and the former Argentina head coach revealed: "The performance in the last game (against Leicester) was a performance which was not satisfactory. It left a lot of space for criticism."

"This game has other characteristics, in the collective, in the individual, in all the aspects." he continued.

  • Pablo is fit but Shackleton received a knock in training

When the team sheet was revealed at around 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon, there were a lot of fans wondering if Pablo Hernandez was injured or dropped for the game.

The questions were being asked following the way he reacted to his substitution on Monday. Many also wondered where Jamie Shackleton was and Bielsa addressed both situations after the game. 

On Hernandez The Whites boss said: "Pablo is fit and he was not in the squad for today's game."

"I evaluate all the players for the upcoming game and I didn't pick him for this game," he continued.

"The decision may seem strange but I chose the 18 players who I feel are most apt for the game."

However, Bielsa went on to say that Shackleton had missed the game due to an injury he picked up in training the day before the game: "Shackelton received a knock in training yesterday (Friday)." Bielsa said.

  • Bamford goal disallowed by VAR

United striker Patrick Bamford was adjudged to have been offside as he pointed the way he wanted the ball being played by team-mate Mateusz Klich and Bielsa was asked if he had seen the incident back and if he felt it was time for the law to be changed.

"Whatever the referee whistles, he whistles and I never comment on his decisions. And if the rules need to be changed, there are a lot of people dedicated to this." Bielsa said.

  • Thoughts on how United's wingers did against Palace's full-backs

The Whites head coach also delivered his thoughts on how he felt Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Raphinha did against Nathaniel Clyne and Patrick van Aanholt during the clash at Selhurst Park.

Bielsa felt van Aanholt was dangerous and Clyne didn't lose or win the duels during the game, he said: "The opposing left-back was dangerous and the other full-back, I don't feel like he lost the duel, but he didn't win it either." 

We had a lot of activity on both wings, but when we attacked the full-backs were well-protected and in reduced spaces, When they attacked they had more space in which to to attack." he said.

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