Marcelo Bielsa raves about Leeds duo Kalvin Phillips and Pascal Struijk


Marcelo Bielsa has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United duo Pascal Struijk and Kalvin Phillips in the post-match press conference.

Leeds drew 0-0 against Manchester United at Elland Road on Sunday, where both Phillips and Struijk were absolutely immense for the Whites.

Struijk started alongside Diego Llorente at the back, and the duo was immense against the Red Devils, preventing them from making enough clear-cut chances.

Likewise, Phillips was absolutely brilliant in the defensive midfield role. He was tasked to nullify the threat of Bruno Fernandes and he did with great aplomb.

After the match, it was put to Bielsa that Struijk was “immense” during the game. When asked to share his thoughts on his performance, the Argentine said to Leeds Live:

“He played a game exactly how you described it. Exactly what you said, is exactly what I think.”

Bielsa probably now has run of out adjectives to describe Phillips who has been an epitome of consistency over the past three years.

He said that England international was aggressive without going over the top.

“The observation that you made I think is correct. To be aggressive and not violent is very difficult and Kalvin managed it very well. He was very important.”

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Struijk: The 21-year-old retained his place in the side with Liam Cooper serving the second game of his three-match suspension.

He was rock solid at the back, making four tackles, four clearances and three interceptions during the game.

Phillips: The 25-year-old has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, and he was simply brilliant against United.

In other news, check what Kalvin Phillips has said about his role to man-mark Burno Fernandes.

Source: English Premier League – Sportslens.com