Marcelo Bielsa: We didn’t play well in any moment

Head coach on Southampton defeat.

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media following Saturday’s defeat at Southampton.

Armando Broja’s second half strike secured Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side all three points at St Mary’s Stadium.

Bielsa had no complaints with the outcome and was disappointed with the showing of his side.

“It was a fair result,” said Bielsa.

“We didn’t play well in any moment in the game.

“The difference was produced in the first half, in the second half the game was more even, but the difference was in their favour in the first half.

“This justifies their win, even if they scored in the second half.

“Perhaps the goal was scored in the only minutes we were playing on an even keel with them.

“We tried to play the same as always with two wingers, two attackers through the middle and two full-backs who get forward.

“It was very difficult for us to recover the ball, it was difficult for us to provoke the opponent to make mistakes and it was difficult for us to stop them getting from defence to attack.”

Bielsa also refused to blame the number of players missing from his Leeds squad, for the defeat.

He said: “It’s not common that we are missing six players, but the players who started the game was formed of players who usually play.

“We were in conditions to play a more even game and we thought we could dominate and impose ourselves.

“Clearly this didn’t happen, to ignore the absentees wouldn’t be convenient or logical, but the players we counted on, as I said, were in conditions to play a more even game and take forward our style.”

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