Marcelo Bielsa reacts to Leeds’ damaging loss at Birmingham

Date published: Saturday 6th April 2019 6:14

Marcelo Bielsa admits his Leeds United side struggled to create chances in their 1-0 loss to Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

Blues striker Che Adams again proved to be Leeds tormentor as he scored his 22nd goal of the season in the 29th minute to earn City boss Garry Monk the double over his former club this season.

Adams also scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Leeds at Elland Road in September.

Birmingham had gone into the game on the back of a wretched run, and in the relegation battle following their nine-point penalty deduction but the win against Leeds has given their survival hopes a huge boost.

In contrast to Birmingham’s recent run, Leeds had won four of their previous five games but they struggled to find that kind of form against City.

“We are not making any link between the previous or next game,” Bielsa said.

“What we were watching today was one style of performance from a team.

“We couldn’t create the difference in the result and they started to play one style of game that was hard for us to solve.

“So we needed solutions to a problem that we didn’t solve yet. For example the position of [Mateusz] Klich needed help to create attacks.

“The evidence of this was that when they scored the goal, we moved him and our attacking style increased.

“After the decision that I made from the bench, it couldn’t change the style of the game.

“In the first half of the second half we created danger. We didn’t score but we created chances too.

“In the last 20 minutes we couldn’t create chances to score a goal. Today we had a lot of options on the bench to make chances.

“We had different options.”

Leeds slipped back down to third place in the Championship table in another twist as Sheffield United won 1-0 on the road at Preston North End.

 

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