What a raging Bielsa barked at Leeds staff before bringing Pablo Hernandez off v Barnsley
Pablo Hernandez has been the hero for Leeds United since lockdown but he became the latest victim of Marcelo Bielsa last night.
Bielsa isn’t afraid to sub his subs and Hernandez was the latest player to fall foul of this after coming on at half-time.
The 35-year-old wasn’t happy, kicking a water bottle and pulling his shirt off before heading down the tunnel.
Writing in The Times, Martin Hardy described the chain of events that led to a raging Bielsa taking Hernandez off.
“The away side also went close through Jacob Brown and Cauley Woodrow before the goal, and then three times in the space of two minutes in the second half; Woodrow shooting over, Conor Chaplin drilling an effort across the face of goal and then the excellent Callum Styles shot wide.
“With each of these moments, Bielsa’s rage grew.
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“In the 93rd minute he barked ‘Now!’ at his staff to substitute the substitute Pablo Hernández, who had been brought on at half-time.
“Hernandez could barely hide his disgust, kicking a bottle as he went past Bielsa and pulling his shirt off as he walked down the tunnel.”
What a difference a game makes.
Leeds are on the brink of the Premier League and there were wild celebrations again last night at Elland Road.
But where Hernandez was the hero against Swansea, with his late goal securing the three points, he was the latest sub to be subbed by Bielsa last night.
The game was a weird one, with Leeds struggling with shape and formation, and Bielsa struggling to get his message across to his players.
Hernandez was taken off in the 93rd minute just 60 seconds after picking up a booking.
Perhaps that had something to do with his withdrawal, but more likely it was Bielsa shoring up what he saw as a potential weakness in his side.
In the Swansea game, he was on the brink of bringing on Barry Douglas in the 96th minute before he saw Andre Ayew was being employed as a second striker and put Gaetano Berardi on instead.
Hernandez wasn’t happy last night, whether that was anger at his own display, annoyance at getting subbed or the general performance of Leeds.
But he’ll be okay. The Leeds players know how Bielsa works and subbing the sub isn’t the humiliation it would be in other teams.
With Bielsa, it’s team – and promotion – first, players second. And promotion could come as soon as tonight when West Brom play Huddersfield.
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