Marcelo Bielsa: We wanted to beat them

Head coach on Arsenal defeat.

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media following Monday’s FA Cup tie with Arsenal.

The Whites suffered a narrow one-nil defeat at the Emirates Stadium, despite dominating for large periods of the game against the Premier League side.

Bielsa gave his assessment of the match, admitting it was a game of two halves.

“We wanted to beat them and win the match,” said Bielsa.

“The first half was what we wished and in the second half we understand it was difficult to keep controlling the match as we did in the first half.

“We should have achieved to try and play a match more balanced.

“In the first half we did three important things, we pressed well their playing out, we made first pass uncomfortable and easy for our defenders to anticipate and this way we avoid the striker to be involved in the play.

“After you recover the ball quickly in their half we were able to recover fast, combine passes in attack and we attack fast in a different way when we recover well.

“That happened in the first half, but we didn’t do it in the second half.

“We thought we were in good condition to repeat what we did in the first half, but it wasn’t like that.

“For me it would be easy to point at the first half as great and all we wished for before the match, obviously we had 10 chances and we didn’t score.

“But we have to analyse the second half to grow, teams have a process and a development.

“In some moments, the idealists try to focus on the good things, but in this moment of our team, we have to concentrate to have a regular performance.”

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