Marcelo Bielsa says Leeds’ ‘character, conviction and personality’ saw them upset Manchester City following the club’s 2-1 win at the Etihad last weekend.
Leeds secured one of the shock results of the season after Stuart Dallas scored twice to beat the champions elect last weekend, becoming just the fourth newly-promoted side to win at the league leaders in Premier League history.
The result was all the more impressive given Leeds were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage-time, captain Liam Cooper sent off for a wild challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
Despite their man disadvantage, Bielsa’s side stood strong and snatched all three points on the counter-attack as Dallas raced through to score his second goal of the game and seal an unlikely victory.
Bielsa has reflected on the win at City ahead of Monday night’s clash with Liverpool at Elland Road, praising his side’s ‘character’ and ‘personality’ in upsetting the odds.
“The first half [against City], the part most convenient to analyse, we were balanced in the initial 15 minutes,” Bielsa told his pre-match press conference.
“We were dominated in the final 30 of the first half, but the sum of the first half was not positive.
“The second half left some valuable things for the analysis. The team defended very well. The 10 players, the way they defended, deserves to be praised, in my opinion.
“When we had the ball, we tried to play. We managed to create two situations of danger – the goals and Raphinha’s one-on-one. It was not a lot, but it was valuable given the type of game we played.
“The summary of the first half: they were superior, we were overcome. Second half: it was an exercise in character, conviction, personality and, for me, the team passed those tests.”