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Marcelo Bielsa reacts to Leeds United defeat and Kiko Casilla dismissal

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions to his team from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road...

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have lost to Sheffield United at Elland Road.

Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship between Reading and Leeds United at the Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live that the defeat to Sheffield United this afternoon is not decisive in terms of the promotion race.

The Whites have suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Blades at Elland Road in the Championship.

The result means that Leeds are now third in the league table, a point behind United, who have moved up to second.

With both Leeds and the Blades aiming for automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season, the result will have come as a bitter blow to the Whites.

 

Bielsa, though, does not think that the match is decisive in terms of Leeds clinching automatic promotion to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Leeds head coach has also suggested that goalkeeper Kiko Casilla should not have been sent off.

The 32-year-old former Real Madrid goalkeeper was shown a straight card in the first minute of injury time.

The Spaniard was given his marching orders for bringing down United striker Billy Sharp outside the Leeds penalty box.

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England.

Bielsa told Leeds Live: “Nobody can say it’s a crucial result because there are still 24 points at stake. We can’t say this result is crucial.

“At the same time, we can’t deny the importance of this game. It was important. We lost it, but it’s not crucial.”

The Leeds head coach added about Casilla when asked for how long he will be banned: “I don’t know. Usually I don’t express an opinion on the behaviour of the referees.

“This action should have been judged and taken into account with the help Kiko gave. For a player to get a red card means he is the only one who can solve a problem.

“We’ll see if he was the last one behind or not. I don’t think we are to include the referee in the evaluation of the game.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions to his team from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield United at Elland Road...

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