Marcelo Bielsa: We lost two points which were very difficult to lose

Marcelo Bielsa: We lost two points which were very difficult to lose

Head coach on Luton Town draw.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media following Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship draw with Luton Town.

The Whites dominated much of the game, but were forced to settle for a point at Elland Road.

Leeds came from behind thanks to Stuart Dallas’ strike to earn a 1-1 draw and Bielsa gave his verdict on the match.

“Obviously we lost two points which were very difficult to lose,” said Bielsa.

“We missed 15 chances to win this match, but football is like that and it can happen.

“It is a pity for us, because we’ve lost five points that weren’t difficult to win.

“What Luton did was right and positive, they played honestly and didn’t make fouls- the referee didn’t have an impact in the match.

“The opponent needed one or two chances to score and we needed 12 chances at least to score once as well.

“I think what happened, though, is something good for our team, we played against a team defending with every player in the box and allowed the opponent to shoot just twice.

“That is something positive for us, but we cannot ignore the lack of efficiency was a weak point.”

Bielsa also spoke about his tactical changes in the second half and why he made the decisions.

He said: “In the first half, how the players were placed wasn’t convenient at all.

“In the second half, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison made more things than Stuart Dallas and Harrison.

“The same happened on the right side with Helder Costa and Dallas.

“In the middle, first Mateusz Klich, after Pablo Hernandez with Kalvin Phillips and Tyler Roberts were better in the middle of the pitch and that helped more continuity and influence.

“Three defenders was enough in the second half with Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Ben White.

“The first period Berardi was on the pitch I think he defended very well without making fouls, he was very flexible, quick and good with the ball, but when I decided to put Alioski on the pitch, I decided to take Berardi off.

“That allowed Dallas to attack more than Ayling on the right and Alioski more than Dallas on the left.”