Leeds United news as Bielsa makes Rodrigo prediction, Everton star admits White frustration
Here are the headlines from Leeds United’s night out on Sunday August 22, 2021.
Bielsa confident in Rodrigo
Marcelo Bielsa is convinced that Rodrigo will soon be good and will justify the price that made him the signing of the white club record.
Argentina tactician confirmed the Spaniard missed the draw with Everton by muscle injury.
“During the week, he had a slight muscle problem, from which he recovered quickly”, Bielsa said. “If it hadn’t happened, he would have been our attacking midfielder in today’s game.
“I have a lot of confidence in Rodrigo’s qualities. During the six weeks of preseason, he is the player who shone the most.”
The 30-year-old has scored seven goals in 26 Premier League appearances in his first season in England’s top flight.
Gray makes his admission to Leeds
Demarai Gray scored his first Premier League goal for Everton in the 2-2 draw at Elland Road on Saturday, but he missed opportunities for his side’s failure to secure three points.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring on the spot after half an hour before the ex-Leicester City winger gave the Blues a lead five minutes after the start of the second half.
Bielsa’s team showed their steel however, coming from behind twice to send the Elland Road faithful home happy.
“Against a team like Leeds you have to try to bury them, to kill the game”, Gray said. “I think overall we could have gotten more out of the game.
“Leeds are always going to apply the pressure with their fans right behind them. They equalized and in the end we have to take the point.
Benitez explains Bielsa’s invisible commitment
Long after broadcast crews and various media had packed and left for home, nearly half an hour since Elland Road had emptied after a lap of honor, Bielsa remained on the line. sideline at Elland Road – just chatting.
The rain had not stopped all day and continued to fall at half past five.
Still, Bielsa and Everton boss Rafa Benitez stood at the mouth of the tunnel, discussing the game, comparing ratings and sharing deep mutual respect.
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