Roberts de Bielsa’s anger, Raphinha laughed, Guardiola blast and moments missed at Leeds United

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Roberts de Bielsa’s anger, Raphinha laughed, Guardiola blast and moments missed at Leeds United


Roberts frustrates Bielsa
Before the joy and ecstasy of the second half and the changed game plans, Tyler Roberts drew all the frustrations of Marcelo Bielsa when he was 11-11.

On three occasions in the first 25 minutes, Bielsa was visibly annoyed by what Roberts was or was not doing.

In the seventh minute, Bielsa called goalkeeper coach Marcos Abad on the sideline so he could translate his instructions for the Welsh international.

Abad slapped his palm to reinforce Roberts’ need to show more intensity, bite and pressure on Manchester City as they built their attacks from behind.

Just three minutes later, Bielsa hit his knees in frustration on the sideline as he watched Fernandinho, not for the first time, walk past Roberts like he “wasn’t there.”

Then in the 23rd minute, as City pulled away from a failed Leeds United attack, Bielsa was angry at how slow Roberts and Patrick Bamford were returning to help defend themselves and threw their arms up.

Banc Vocal City

The press box was placed behind the section of the Colin Bell booth where City’s substitutes were seated watching the game.

We had ringside seats for every cough and stutter of the eight multimillionaires watching and in the 58th minute Eric Garcia was the one to get the attention.

The former Barcelona youngster audibly laughed at Raphinha as he fell under a challenge from the city near the penalty area and appealed for a foul, but got nothing.

Obviously, Garcia agreed with the referee.

Later, after his withdrawal from the match, Benjamin Mendy, a disciple of Bielsa, was one of the loudest voices in the stadium.

Whenever Illan Meslier even dared to slow down one of his goal kicks, Mendy would immediately yell at Andre Marriner to draw his attention to the apparent waste of time.

Ruben Dias was another vocal critic of the stands.

Guardiola explodes

Pep Guardiola saw it coming. He said in his post-match press conference that all City had to do was stop Leeds from running and there would be no chance they would score again.

Pep Guardiola was unhappy

When one of Leeds’ growing chances erupted from his own half in the final 10 minutes, Guardiola couldn’t hide his anger.

Helder Costa fled to the left and was able to run against error-prone Joao Cancelo. All the latter had to do was show Costa where to go and not hurt him.

The foul, as one would expect, arose and all that pressure from City was wasted, Leeds were able to step onto the pitch and give themselves a completely preventable stunt opportunity.

Guardiola turned away from the field and yelled at the canoe before throwing his bottle in anger.


Hysteria and celebrations

While the first leg was not complete to celebrate Stuart Dallas’ game winner, there was still a pandemonium among the visiting contingent.

As the United bench and technical staff were all standing in the stands with their arms in the air, Diego Llorente was seen sprinting towards the technical area to hug Abad.

Bielsa, of course, showed little to no emotion.

Later, as the match went through its final moments, Luke Ayling could be seen sharing a smile and laughter with Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich as they warmed up. Everyone must have been in disbelief in the face of what was going on.

Full-time hugs

While Guardiola didn’t hang around giving Bielsa too much love on the sideline, the Argentine hugged two other members of the city’s contingent.

Lorenzo Buenaventura, Guardiola’s longtime sidekick and current fitness trainer, had a long hug with Bielsa following the full-time whistle.

Mendy, an aforementioned Bielsa player in Marseille, also shared a few moments with the Argentinian once the whistle blew.

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