Bielsa paced like a 'maniac' throughout Leeds United penalty shoot-out win - Phil Hay
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was spotted pacing like a “maniac” throughout the penalty shoot-out win at Fulham on Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
After a goalless 90 minutes at Craven Cottage, Leeds progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 6-5 penalties win.
Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas missed their spot-kicks in West London before Illan Meslier saved the day by stopping Rodrigo Muniz’s effort for Fulham.
Bielsa seemed to go through the motions in the shoot-out with former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay in attendance at Craven Cottage on Tuesday.
“In a topsy-turvy shootout, penalties hit the bar and flew over it but Gelhardt and McKinstry held it together to sink their kicks and help see Leeds through 6-5,” Hay wrote on The Athletic website.
“Bielsa paced like a maniac throughout, striding up and down the touchline.”
There’s a reason why Bielsa became known as ‘El Loco’ prior to his arrival at Elland Road.
We’ve never really seen much evidence as to why he’s called that because Bielsa has never flipped his lid in West Yorkshire. It’s been, overall, a happy time for him here.
But Bielsa is still someone who lives and breathes football. You can tell how much he invests himself in matches.
The stern-faced Argentine rarely looks happy and has hardly ever been seen celebrating goals. He’s usually sat there on his bucket, barking orders at his players or walking around looking at the ground, mulling over his next tactical move.
Bielsa was properly invested in the penalties at Fulham though. It’s rare you see him look as tense as he did as he patrolled the touchline before Meslier’s match-winning save from Muniz.
Meslier was terrific at Craven Cottage and it was a good win for Leeds on the balance of things because there are so many injuries right now and so many young players and squad players had to play at Fulham.
In other Leeds United news, watch as this Elland Road star confronts Fulham fans after the win at Craven Cottage.