By Mark Smith

15th Dec, 2019 | 12:00pm

'Little bit sick' - Bielsa reveals idea behind Leeds change v Cardiff

Marcelo Bielsa was questioned for probably one of the first times ever during his reign at Leeds United after the 3-3 draw with Cardiff City on Saturday.

The two decisions to bring on Eddie Nketiah and Pascal Struijk for Patrick Bamford and Gaetano Berardi raised eyebrows, and ultimately both played a role in the downfall of the Whites.

Nketiah struggled to keep up the same pressure on the Cardiff defence as Bamford did, whereas Struijk’s inexperience was clear when losing track of the ball to allow Robert Glatzel to equalise at Elland Road.

Bielsa revealed after the game that he brought on Ezgjan Alioski to help out Dallas in defence down to the Northern Ireland international feeling sick in the build-up to the game.

“Today, Dallas was a little bit sick in his belly,” he said via Leeds Live.

“The idea to Alioski as left-winger was always to support the full-back in the same corridor. I thought it was a good moment to support Dallas more in defence.

“In this moment of the match, attacking wasn’t difficult. The characteristics of Alioski adapt to this moment of the match.”

Dallas didn’t make it obvious if he was sick and put it yet another great display at each end of the pitch despite the end result.

The 28-year-old has been phenomenal this season and has certainly cemented his spot on the left-hand side. His ability to pop up anywhere on the pitch and served Leeds very well both in defence and attack.

Even against Cardiff, Dallas should have probably scored once again. There were a number of occasions where the Northern Ireland international was on the edge of the box with the goal at his mercy but all he could manage to do was smash the ball into the South Stand.

In other Leeds United news, Ian Holloway claims Leeds clash v Cardiff could have started ‘rumblings’