The Key Quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's post-Chelsea press conference
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Leeds United and Chelsea played out a goalless draw on Saturday lunchtime at Elland Road.

Leeds who haven't lost three games in a row in the League under Marcelo Bielsa, stayed in 11th place in the Premier League table prior to the games later this weekend.

  • A Rare draw for you, how pleased are you with the discipline of your side - do you feel unlucky not to have won?

A fine bit of goalkeeping from Edouard Mendy in the visitors goal from Tyler Roberts' chip onto the bar, in the first-half and Raphinha's brilliant effort in the second half, kept the Whites out.

Chelsea also saw Illan Meslier in fine form between the sticks and the young Leeds keeper made some important saves during the encounter.

After the game, Bielsa spoke to the media about the club's performance.

"Evidently, we played against a team that is superior to ours. But in the second half especially, in the first half less, we did what was necessary to play a balanced game." he said.

"And at the end of the game, the chances that both teams had were similar.

It's true the superiority that they showed in the first half was superior to that what we showed in the second half.

"To be able to play a game like we did today, we had to make an enormous effort." he added.

  • Why did you bring Rodrigo on to take him off again - What was the reasoning behind the situation?

Leeds United head coach, Marcelo Bielsa, is no stranger to bringing on a player, only to substitute them at a later part in the game.

Spain international forward, Rodrigo, was the latest player to follow that trend, making him the eighth player to be brought on to be brought off under Bielsa at Elland Road.

The former Argentina Head Coach revealed his reasoning behind the situation.

"The period in the first half and second half, whilst that he played, the efforts that he made physically were superior to those that he's capable at this moment after being out for 40 days." he explained.

"Not only physically, but match fitness. I value a lot how he was able to perform in the around 50 minutes that he played. Because although he's healthy and he's physically fit, the competitive rhythm that he needs and the work with the ball is still not there yet."

  • Thirteen centre-back partnership you've used in the Premier League this season - how difficult has made for the team in terms of gelling and also just because you're using different combinations?

With captain, Liam Cooper, missing through illness meant the Whites had to go with the partnership of Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk at centre-back on Saturday, which was the Whites thirteenth different pairing in that position, since the opening game of the season against Liverpool back in September.

Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa, however, doesn't believe it's made it difficult for his side in terms of gelling.

"Sincerely, it's not difficult." he admitted.

"The defensive line, in particular the centre of it, those players have been the ones playing at the highest level for us up until now in this season. But strangely enough, we are one of the teams who concede the most goals.

"Which puts into manifest that they've done some things with the organisation that I have yet to resolve. Today, for example, Pascal, [Luke] Ayling, Llorente and Kalvin Phillips played a very correct game."

  • Do you recall replacing Tyler Roberts after he came on as a substitute, you were very apologetic about the decision afterwards - will you make a similar apology to Rodrigo or explain the reasoning to him?

Back in October 2019, Bielsa brought on Tyler Roberts for Jamie Shackleton during the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, only for him to bring off the forward for Ayling late on in the game and he later apologised to Roberts.

Bielsa explained if he would be doing the same to Rodrigo following the similar situation on Saturday afternoon.

"I comment to you what I have already said," he confirmed.

"The contribution that Rodrigo made was above what he's actually capable of doing at this moment.

"More than apologising to to him, I have to thank him for the contribution that he made whilst he was on the pitch, because I insist the contributions he made do not correspond to where he's at in his return."

  • Did you feel sorry for Tyler Roberts because he played so well, yet couldn't score and didn't get the goal he deserved, also latest on Bamford?

Leeds United striker, Roberts, had one of his better games this season, and because of good keeping from Mendy in the Chelsea goal, he didn't cap off his performance with a goal that he deserved.

Bielsa was asked if he felt sorry for the Wales international striker.

"Yes, but the game today showed an evolution from Tyler in his game, as the number nine as well as a number 10." he explained.

On Bamford's injury Bielsa said: "I haven't asked [how his injury is] yet."

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