Every word Marcelo Bielsa said on Fulham win, Meslier, Bamford, Gelhardt, Premier League safety – Leeds Live

Leeds United claimed a long overdue win in London on Friday night, when saw off relegation-threatened Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Patrick Bamford and Raphinha claimed the goals which mean that Leeds were able to sign off for the international break with a win.

Here is every question and answer from Marcelo Bielsa’s post-match press conference.

How pleased are you with that display, particularly how you gained control in the second half?

In the first half, up until they scored their equaliser, we were controlling well. After they equalised there was a segment of confusion from us. The second half was a half with very few fluctuations in the performance.

We defended very well and after they needed to come back into the game, it was easier for us to attack.

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Patrick Bamford scored tonight and had an assist. He was left out of the England squad, how much do you feel he went out there with a point to prove?

I don’t think he had that spirit. I imagine, I don’t know. I think like every player, he plays to be picked, but I don’t think he has the spirit of trying to prove them wrong. The fact that he was considered has a lot of value already. Perhaps the time that’s left will present him with another opportunity.

Because Fulham were in the bottom three tonight, how much extra significance does that win bring for you?

Every game has its motives of why you should dispute them to the maximum. In the last game we were up against a team of quality in Chelsea. And today, against a team with the necessity for the points, who have been playing well and on the back of some good results for them. But for us it was very important to win today.

Are you a better team now than when you played Fulham earlier in the season?

I think our team has improved in a lot of aspects. Improvement in the way they compete. How we manage different parts of the game. When you come up against a team of hierarchy that always improves the level of the players.

Can I ask about Joe Gelhardt – where is he in terms of being Premier League ready?

These questions are answered when the player competes and shows that he is ready. He has a role in which he occupies in the squad. He is where he is on merit with regards to the players that the club possesses. But to say how he’s going to play when it is his turn is difficult.

Coming into this season, safety and survival was the priority for many people at Leeds United. You’ve now hit 39 points – do you feel that’s the safety point you needed to reach and you are now officially safe?

These are speculations that will confirm themselves mathematically.

And with 27 points left to play, the safety is not confirmed.

Coming into the match you told us on Wednesday that Patrick was struggling with the pain in his hip. Obviously, he did well to play tonight and last 77 minutes. He seemed to jar his knee in the first half as well. How much of a shift was that for him, and how close was he to missing out tonight?

He made a very big effort. And I saw him play a very valiant game. I saw him play well, generous apart from that. He also helped facilitate his team-mates having chances and I saw him play in a very valiant manner.

How impressed are you that a squad which is largely newly promoted and new to the Premier League has hit 39 points at this stage of the season? How impressive is that in your view?

Leeds has made an important financial contribution to obtain the players that we have. And throughout the campaign the players have adapted and absorbed and gained the level needed to play in this league. Like all the teams who are yet to be consolidated, there has been highs and lows. With so many points still to play for, there are many things that could be said either way.

There has been a lot of focus on Illan Meslier this season. How impressed were you with him tonight?

Good, he’s a consistent goalkeeper. I think that throughout the campaign he has made very few errors and has been consistently good.