Struijk: This is what Wayne Rooney said to me about Leeds during 3-1 win v Derby
Pascal Struijk has revealed that some of the Leeds United players were sporting hangovers in the 3-1 win against Derby.
Promotion was secured off the pitch ahead of the game at Pride Park and it meant that the Leeds players spent the preceding 48 hours partying.
Bielsa made seven changes, giving Struijk his first start for Leeds, and the players responded, coming from behind to beat Derby 3-1.
Talking to Dutch outlet AD, Struijk also said that Wayne Rooney told him during the game that Leeds “really deserved” to win the title.
“We were all in the stadium when West Brom lost and promotion was secured,” Struijk said. “Then our technical director Victor Orta said that we were not allowed to go home until all bottles of champagne and beer in the stadium were empty.
“I was allowed to play as a controlling midfielder [against Derby], so I faced Wayne Rooney. It was very nice to play against such a great player. I had a chat with him during the match, after all, we were already champions.
“Before the game we got a badge of honour and during the game, Rooney said that we really deserved it. Many players were on the field with a big hangover, but we still won.”
Fair play to Derby
We weren’t really expecting a guard of honour from Derby but we got one. Fair play to them for that after what happened last season.
And fair play to Rooney, too, for telling Struijk that Leeds deserved to win the league.
His season ended in disappointment after Derby missed out on the play-offs.
The news that some of the Leeds players were hungover for the game, and that Orta demanded they drink all the champagne at Elland Road, is brilliant.
They still managed to do it on the pitch at Pride Park, running out 3-1 winners.
Struijk put in an impressive display in the defensive midfield position, too. He’s played himself into contention for a much bigger role in the Premier League next season.
As for Leeds, these numbers show just how dominant they were in the Championship. Rooney was right.
So proud to present @LUFC's Championship-winning season in numbers.
A club record-breaking points total and most league wins a single season in Leeds' history for Marcelo Bielsa. 🏆
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) July 23, 2020
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