The key quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's post-Burnley press conference
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Leeds United put Burnley to the sword with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

The result means the Whites sit in 10th in the Premier League table and just two points behind Arsenal with only two games of the season remaining.

  • How much of the victory was built on the defensive performance and winning the battles and the physical battle overall?

A brace from substitute Rodrigo and one each for Mateusz Klich and Jack Harrison sealed the three points for Marcelo Bielsa's side at the home of the Clarets on Saturday.

The Whites took Burnley to the cleaners and potentially could and possibly should have had more goals.

After the game, Bielsa spoke to the media to discuss how much of the victory was built on the defensive performance and also winning the battles and the physical battles overall.

"I agree that particularly in the first half we had a great defensive performance," the Argentine said.

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"And even though we conceded a few chances in the second half, which we didn't in the first, I link that to the fact that they attacked with more insistence.

"The resolution of the central part of the back three was very important. And also the contribution of our goalkeeper." he added.

  • Have we seen some world-class finishing from Rodrigo in your opinion today?

Spain international striker Rodrigo grabbed himself a brace with two superb efforts at Turf Moor against the Clarets and the two strikes were ones that any striker would have been proud of.

Bielsa explained in his view if we had seen some world-class finishing from the former Valencia front-man today: "Rodrigo is a player like the one you defined," he revealed. 

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"He is at a very high level. One of the strikers for the Spanish national team and the Spanish national team is a powerhouse. He is a player, like I said before, that takes a while to get to his full form.

"When he finally finds his full form, he is a player that is very unbalancing."

  • Why was Robin Koch and Pablo Hernandez not involved today?

There were two admissions from the Leeds United squad at Burnley when the teams were announced. German international defender Robin Koch and former Spain international midfielder Pablo Hernandez weren't involved in either the starting line-up or on the bench and Bielsa gave his reasonings as to why neither player was involved this afternoon.

"Pablo had a small knock that is not important," Bielsa confirmed.

"And we didn't want to take the risk as we play on Tuesday (Against Southampton) that he couldn't play then.

"And Koch has a small knock in his hip and he could have played but we preferred not to risk him. The same with Pablo."

  • Jack Harrison had an exceptional game today - how important is it to sign him permanently this summer?

Despite not having his best performances in a Leeds shirt in the last few months Jack Harrison impressed against Burnley and grabbed a goal and two assists at Turf Moor and was exceptional for the Whites during their thrashing of Burnley.

Bielsa discussed after the game, how important it was to sign him permanently this summer: "For Leeds, it's very important to be able to count on a player like Harrison," Bielsa confirmed.

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"He has had a big growth throughout the duration of the campaign."

  • How much have you been willing Mateusz Klich to score and how pleased were you he managed to do so?

Mateusz Klich grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign and his first since the 2-1 home defeat to West Ham United in December 2020 during the game against the Clarets, Klich used James Tarkowski as a shield to curl the ball beyond former Whites goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell on the stroke of half-time.

Bielsa discussed how pleased he was for Klich to get a goal: "He played a very good game against Tottenham," he said.

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"And he kept the same level in the game today. He's at a similar level to his best level within this team. It gives me great happiness that he is playing as he is capable of playing."

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