Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa explains Aapo Halme decision

Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of of Leeds United during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Leeds United lost to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds live why he decided to take off Aapo Halme at half time against Queens Park Rangers.

Halme started for Leeds in their FA Cup third-round tie against QPR away from home at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon.

The 20-year-old central defender was taken off at the break, with Tom Pearce replacing the youngster at the start of the second half.

 

The youngster scored for Leeds in the 25th minute, but he was also shown a yellow card early on and was caught out of position at the back on more than once.

Leeds head coach Bielsa has said that his decision to take off Finland Under-21 international defender was tactical.

When asked about substituting Halme, Bielsa told Leeds Live: “Tactical.”

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United greets fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Hull City at Elland Road on December 29,...

Stats

Over the course of the 90 minutes at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon, hosts QPR had 45% of the possession, took 16 shots of which 10 were on target, and earned 11 corners, according to BBC Sport.

Visitors Leeds had 55% of the possession, took nine shots of which seven were on target, and earned nine corners, according to BBC Sport.

Aapo Halme of Leeds United and Bright Osayi-Samuel of Queens Park Rangers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019...

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