Marcelo Bielsa will have been “delighted” to have seen Leeds United keep a clean sheet against Arsenal on Sunday, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the shut out will have come as an “enormous” confidence boost after leaking eight goals in their previous two games.
Neither side managed to break the deadlock as they shared a 0-0 draw, with Arsenal forced to play with 10 men for the final 40 minutes after Nicolas Pepe was sent off.
The clean sheet, Leeds’ third of the season, came after two successive 4-1 defeats for Bielsa and his men.
McLeish has admitted he was surprised not to hear the Argentine boss heralding his players for keeping Arsenal at bay but suggested he would be secretly overjoyed with the shut out.
McLeish told Football Insider: “He would certainly be delighted at the clean sheet. I read some of his comments after the game, and he never really mentioned it.
“He just kind of waxed lyrical about the chances that the players made and how they managed to stretch Arsenal, I know Arsenal had a man sent off just into the second half and they really came close. They had about three or four chances, hit the woodwork a couple of times.
“You have to say that he had a skeleton crew back at the Leeds training ground with all the players being away on international but the defence looked great.
“Arsenal had fleeting chances but nothing particularly great, the goalkeeper had a one-on-one near the end but the overall performance, and the fact that Leeds got a shut out, would have been of enormous confidence to them.”
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