Marcelo Bielsa once again disrespected the “art of defending” as he failed to get the match-ups right for Leeds United against Fulham on Friday.

That is according to ex-Leeds United star and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Whites’ 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Raphinha secured three points but the defending, according to Whelan, left a lot to be desired.

Leeds goalkeeper Illian Meslier was forced into an extraordinary save after a ropey defence failed to clear their lines in the first half.

And Fulham scored their only goal from a corner when Luke Ayling was shoved aside for Joachim Andersen to poke home.

Whelan claimed that Bielsa was to blame for not issuing his backline with the correct instructions.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It’s the art of defending. You’ve got to be up for the fight. You can’t let men get around you and you’ve got to rise to that competition.

“We’ve got to get the match-ups right. We recognised they weren’t and changed it at half-time. 

“But they’ve got to be right from the off. You can’t keep getting them wrong and then changing them halfway through. We did that in the previous game as well.

“It’s not been good enough for the past few games. It’s one of those where that is just as important as the marking itself, if not more important.

“Bielsa’s got to get the match-ups right. If you get Llorente up against Andersen then he probably doesn’t score that goal.”

Leeds have conceded 47 times in the league this season.

Only Sheffield United, West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton have let in more.

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