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Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 12 May 2019, 08:34

Considering the injury before and during the game, how pleased are you with that performance tonight?

I think it was a deserved win apart from the first minute of the first half and then 10 or 15 minutes in the middle of the second half. We dominated the ball, we defended well, we created danger. We had chances that could have been more dangerous. When we had to attack we attacked well and when we had to defend we defended well.

How much do you think Jamie Shackleton helped you to dominate even more in this game when he came on?

He showed his character and personality. He adapted immediately to the game. He defended well and he attacked well. The fact we lost Adam Forshaw, who had a big influence during the game, Shacks was a very efficient substitute.

Do you think you'll have Forshaw and Jansson available for the second leg?

Adam Forshaw, I don’t think so and for Jansson I couldn't tell.

What did you think about the late penalty incident for Derby? Were you worried it would ruin the day?

We were very far away from the action and we had many players in front of us. Honestly I could not give you my opinion on the action. I didn't see it.

Was this more than you expected before kick-off, to come away with a 1-0 win?

No, because we try to win every game. I think it was a fair win.

How confident do you feel now taking a 1-0 win into the second game?

It’s an advantage, but not it's not a decisive advantage. We still have 90 minutes to play. When we just have a difference of one goal it’s not a decisive advantage. If we take, as a reference what happened in the last Champions League games, we shouldn’t draw conclusions about it.
You said at Ipswich you expected Kemar Roofe to be at his peak today, how pleased were you with his performance today?

Kemar Roofe made many efforts. He moved all the time, he made many movements. He scored a goal and this is something very important for a number nine. So all these are positive factors to evaluate his performance.

Jack Harrison hasn't always had a lot of praise this season, but that assist will be remembered for a very long time. Do you think he played well tonight?

I think that Jack's pass was very, very good. It was decisive in this game. Jack Harrison has made a good performance today and this action, his pass, strengthens his performance. He was very generous, he made many efforts like all of the team. He finished the game playing as a number nine and he had physical presence that helped us.
How pleased were you with the reaction and attitude of the players after missing out on automatic promotion?

It was painful for us not to be automatically promoted, but we took the play-offs as a very important opportunity. I think we should value the opportunity of having a new possibility.

Three out of three wins against Derby this season - does that give you confidence for the second leg as well?

Every game is a new situation. I don’t think the three games that we played guarantee anything regarding the next game.
How has British society influenced you since you arrived here? Spygate, the Aston Villa goal, etc?

I evaluated the answers I had to give. I also observed the interpretation of my behaviour. And I tried to correct what I could have been wrong.
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Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 13 May 2019, 11:42

What impressed you most on Saturday?

It’s a mix of everything. The physical performance of the team was very good. One of our best of the season.The performance of the team was positive.

Previous to this game we played against Aston Villa and it shows the level of competition of our team and the other three games were games we could have won but didn’t.

Did anything surprise you on Saturday?

I couldn’t say that I was surprised, but Shackleton adapted immediately to the needs of the game but he already showed he was a player with big character.


Adam Forshaw won’t be available.

For Pontus Jansson tomorrow will try and work normally and we will see tomorrow how he is.

And Roofe won’t be available either.

Kemar’s problem is more simple than Adam’s. But still he won’t be available for Wednesday.

It’s a calf problem. It’s less serious that Adam’s injury but we have to take care of him.

How important is Bamford?

It’s always important to have at your disposal the players that have played during the season.

We always think about our team with 18 starters.

It’s not just a common sentence but it’s a reality demanded by the competition. Of course we would like to have Roofe and Bamford with us. In some segments of the season both were unavailable.

And Tyler Roberts played as a number nine at that time but as you say, the absence of Kemar Roofe comes with the availability of Bamford.

Big game coming up - how important for you to separate the emotion? Or do you embrace it?

The emotion is an ingredient that allows use to use better your skills. This is something normal, natural and we want to play the game in these conditions.

We know there is a long path to our goal. We just played the first part of the dual and have the second part to play now. The difference is only one goal and the idea is to increase this distance and prevent the opponent from decreasing it.

We know that this is a difficult task, as difficult for the first game.

Roberts and Alioski injury latest

They won’t be available for this game.

And I couldn’t tell you for the future.

In the case we have another game to play after this it would be difficult to have these players back: Forshaw, Alioski, Davis, Roberts.

What areas are you looking for your side to improve in?

The goal of having possession of the ball is to create offensive situations and the goal of the offensive situations is to create danger to the opponent. At the end the idea is to score a goal out of this danger created. We started many offensive actions very well. We arrived to the previous step pretty well and we have to increase the efficiency after these two steps we just mentioned.

We have to score more goals and then increase the efficiency. The idea is that possession allows us bigger difference.

How are your emotions before the game?

It’s similar to what we were talking about before the first game. It’s two games, but you can actually say it’s one and we have played the first half and usually you don’t make comments at half-time.

And you usually work in order to build the superiority in the time we have still to play.

The first game was not simple for us and we are sure that the next game won’t be easy either.

Should you have a bigger lead coming into this second leg?

We had options to increase the offensive production, I don’t know if this answers your question.

If we had scored a second goal it wouldn’t have been a weird thing.

Do you understand the mindset of those coaches that would look to protect the lead, rather than add to it?

You could divide coaches in two categories, those who speculate and those who impose their style.

The percentage of success that is representative that both trends have are very similar.

It woulnd’t be fair to say one is better than the other. Every head coach does what he feels because the role of the coach is to convince and it’s very difficult to convince ideas you don’t believe in.

I would have less credibility towards my players if I didn’t express things I believe in but I never express a negative opinion on ideas different from mine. It doesn’t mean other ideas need my approval or not but results show it every weekend in games we see around the world.

Where does your attacking instinct come from? It takes a certain amount of nerve...

I don’t think it’s about courage or nerves.

But I always thought that the shortest path to win is to play better.

And for me, there is a link between possession and playing better.

Actually, to be honest, there are many examples of big teams that do the contrary of me. You have head coaches like Diego Simeone who have built extraordinary teams with the exact opposite ideas of mine.

Same as I couldn’t say I can;t imagine playing better if my team doesn’t have possession but teams like Simeone’s ones make recoveries of the ball an art and to recover the ball you need the opponent to have the ball. It’s not a theoretical matter. It’s not about one idea being superior to another one. It has to do with beliefs with the sensitivity of each head coach. I don’t have a decisive belief that when you see a team defending well, I think the fact that seeing this has a value as an expression of football. It’s also linked to the culture. I was always impressed by the NBA, the fans when the opponent has the ball, they ask their team to defend. They do it because they recognise it’s a need of the team, to defend, but they also give value and importance to it when it’s well done.

To come back to Simeone’s team, I saw them defending well in many games and it was pleasing to see how they defended.

Has Shackleton been unlucky not to play more this season?

As a right-back we had Ayling, Berardi and Dallas playing. And as a number eight we Baker, Klich and Forshaw. They are players older than him and they have more experience than him.

But every time he played, honestly, we saw him. And there’s a detail that is very important to me, which is how a player is accepted by his team-mates. When the players accept a new young player it means that they like to have this player on their side.

When a young player finds his place in a top team in the natural competition you have for positions, the one who comes in to the team moves someone out of the team.

That’s why from a team spirit the only way you accept the arrival of a young player is when you make the team better. And for me this happened very clearly with Jamie Shackleton.

Why do you have such an advantage over Derby? You lead 7-1 over three games

Every game was different’.

We won one game with just one goal of difference, one with two goals of difference and in the first game we were the same team as we were now and Derby was a lot inferior to what they are now. So we should be careful about the analysis. And actually it’s not 7-1. I think we should analyse more the 1-0 and the 2-0 game.

Even in this case, it wouldn’t be 3-0 because we won one game with the smallest margin possible and the other one was just a two-goal difference. It’s a small difference, you can’t build a big distance between both teams.

We would like to have the same performance as the last two games but we know it’s going to be very hard.

What does Berardi offer that Jansson does not?

These players are two ways interpreting the same role.

What we see about Jansson is his physical strength. He has a big capacity to express his presence in the game and for Berardi he has an expository which is not frequent for a centre-back. Jansson has been our best player in the Championship over the season and Berardi has been an indispensable player. And we couldn’t count on him when he was absent.

Both are compatible, we need them both and we can rely on them.

Did you doubt that your players would respond as they did against Derby?

I’d rather prefer not to talk about situations where you analyse things in two different ways.

I am very careful to make those who listen to my explanations find them true. I try to say what I think it true and I try to show it’s true.

To analyse you don’t need any explanation and you have arguments that go against and confirm results.

If you tell me out of 12 points we got one, this is not good.

And in this segment of four games we played against the best team of the Championship at this moment and weren’t overwhelmed so you relativise the conclusions.

For me this aspect is very important even if I think I give excessive importance to this. And I’m talking about how a team defends and attacks. You can attack well and score only a few goals because you miss goals and you can defend well and concede goals.

If you have chances to score and don’t you have a problem with efficiency. You can’t do anything about it because there’s nothing to do to increase efficiency, Same when you defend.

You can defend well and prevent the opponent from creating chances to score but you have precise facts that the team concedes goals. Sometimes it’s mistakes, sometimes not and the game against Ipswich, if you see the goal they scored from a set-piece we had that situation three times in that game and they didn’t find the ball. And against Ipswich the number 21 found the ball to score the goal and we had no impact.

To sum up, the team that finished first and second score a goal every three chances. As before, we need six chances. The teams that were relegated needed five or six chances to score a goal and in the last four games we needed 12 chances to score, not just six.

This tells a lot about the play of the team. In the last four the opponents scored every three chances.

I always think what would be the result if we had the same efficiency.

To finish, I will give you more information.

You’ve heard that my teams usually arrive at this segment of the season tired physically and mentally. The game against Derby is the game we ran most in the whole season.

I listen to the arguments but not to convince myself of the opposite. Just to see if I must give credit to what I hear. I don’t know what’s wrong I can’t make an correction.

If I correct only the things people think are wrong, but are not wrong instead of improving, it makes things worse.

I always have doubt about what I’m thinking and I always listen to the opinion of what I’m doing to see if I can make corrections and improve things but as you see if the comments improve the efficient everyone who knows about football will say you can’t have a solution. It just happens.

If you say avoid the mistakes, individual one, that concede goals, no one makes a mistake on purpose..

The design of defensive structure is to associate players and give a role to them. If you have the same info I have regarding the defensive behaviour of the team, it’s good.

I’m giving you this answer because you’re asking me if I’m surprised how my team played.

To be surprised it would mean I consider the last four games of the Championship would be different to the Derby game.
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Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 13 May 2019, 11:52

Did you watch Guardiola yesterday? Thoughts?

I have great respect and admiration for Guardiola.

And the argument that I give to explain my respect and admiration is that the beauty of the play his team did, you can’t copy that.

Guardiola builds artful teams. We always said what would Guardiola do without the players he had in Barcelona. And you can say that players from Barca are unique.

The players of Guardiola’s Bayern were very good, those of City, too.

But the capacity to create a style that you only see in his teams are much more important than the players he has. And I’m not saying the players are not important but I’m underlining the capacity to be creative of Guardiola.

The things that you can’t analyse are a mystery. Because when I watch Man City games I feel I am ignorant and I’m going to tell you why.

Because there is something, a picture, you have ten players in front of their own box and City move the ball trying to find the space to put the ball in.

So I see what is well done and try to copy it. But you can’t copy Guardiola’s teams.

When I see it I’m wondering what’s the methods, what do we have to repeat to do that?

What are the pre-established needs to solve these compact defence? And you never find out but they always find a solution to the compact defence.

So you could mention all the players if you want but Guardiola deserves to be praised for the team he built that we could enjoy watching.

And I’d like to clarify as I said for Pochettino when I see Guardiola’s teams play I don’t see anything similar to the teams I built. That’s why I think every praise I get from Guardiola is not deserved and a mistake.
He deserves this praise I making because I can explain why he deserves to be praised. Take reference for his teams. But you can’t say the same from my teams.

Role of the fans on Wednesday? And your message to them?

The importance of Leeds fans in the behaviour of the team has been shown in many moments when our team faced adversity and could overcome this because of the fans.

The fans do that without needing to get any message. What makes Leeds fans special is they don’t answer to things that you ask them to do.

They don’t need to be asked to do things. That’s why I feel I have nothing to ask them, they already give what we need.
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Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 16 May 2019, 08:48

Firstly, can we get your reaction to tonight?

As it’s a painful situation, we are very disappointed.

It’s not necessary to analyse. During the season the games that could have allowed us to find a solution according to all possibilities, we couldn’t make a difference for those games for the same reason as today.

The natural thing in the first half is that we should have finished with two goals more, but we finished with a draw and in the second half it’s a game that broke immediately.

The chances of the opponent ended in goals and ours not. It’s meaningless explaining that we had a many chances as the opponent in the second half and in the first we had more chances that the opponent and we should have made a difference.

There appeared to be a loss of control at the end of the first half, after 44 minutes for the next 20 minutes. How do you explain that?

Probably you’re right. You have to take the games as a whole. Usually we ask the generous teams to be more conservative when they don’t win. What you rightly call a loss of control as head coaches we should propose a solution giving strong structures.

I imagine the way to avoid a lack of balance in defence, we played with six defenders: Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Shackleton, Phillips and Dallas.

But I agree with what you say, we had 20 minutes of disorder and I saw the same thing. But I couldn’t imagine any solution. I insist when a generous team fades or disappoints we ask the team to be more conservative.

But if you have a look at the game tonight the worst moments for us were those moments when we tried to be conservative.

And even when we had one player less, the best moments were when we imposed out game.

But when it’s about explaining losses or disappointments it’s hard to have authority or to be right. We have many points to take into account.

And I think it’s not the right moment to talk about these points.

Will you still be here next season? Do you want another season to get Leeds promoted to the Premier League?

It’s not, as you can imagine, convenient to talk about this point right now.

Anyways, the process, and you know about this process, that’s why I’m talking about it, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.
Have you been very touched by the support of the crowd over the past few weeks when it’s not been going well?

The team during the whole season had the support of the fans and that was one of the strengths of the team.

What will your overriding feeling of the season as a whole be? Pride? Regret?

What the players offered to the club during this season will be valued with the time.

The fact that we couldn’t reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment but you can have another perspective about it.

What we can value also is what is the percentage of the potential of the player that was used this season. And what kind of difficulties this team has had to face. Regarding the commitment of the players, they couldn’t commit more than what they’ve done.

I already mentioned it in a previous press conference. It would be very difficult to see all these players playing at that level during one whole season. And regarding the difficulties, we had so many difficulties of different aspects that mentioning them would always look like justification because we couldn’t reach our goal.

But at the same time I say we had the conditions to finish first or second and we had all the conditions needed to show we were the best team of those in the play-offs. We couldn’t finish first or second and we couldn’t reach the final of the play-offs.

Obviously there are mistakes that prevent us from reaching our goals. Apart from the difficulties that we could find solutions for, the fact that we couldn’t reach something that was reachable always supposed doubt on the head coach. Because if you have the resources to reach something and you don’t reach it, if you face and overcome the difficulties that you have to face and you have the possibility to reach the goal and you don’t reach it, we have to assume the responsibility.

The gentleman said something that I won’t forget regarding this game. Adam [Pope] said the team had 20 minutes of loss of control. And I saw something else as well and I couldn’t find a solution. My job is to find solutions to problems, especially when they are circumstantial problems or structural problems. I was answering to the gentleman and saying the game is not just segments, you have to take it as a whole. And if you take into account the emotional situation of people, who are the goals of our job, they don’t care about our explanations.

There is a moment where theory ends, because the hope was so weak that it’s difficult to hide the pain and deception that we feel.

That loss of control seemed to be down to that mistake from Casilla and Cooper - do you think that's what ultimately cost you the game?

I don’t think so. You can’t imagine playing a football game without any mistake.

You make questions that invite me to think, to make a reflection. You could say 'well, the goal happened for these reasons'. We had a 20 minute loss of control, we had a player sent off.

That’s why I said we have to take the game as a whole, we can’t just analyse specific moments because until minute 40 of the first half we had five chances, and the opponent didn't have one single chance. And you’re asking if this mistake was the beginning of what happened after.

I can’t think like that because a team that doesn’t assimilate a mistake is not a good team.

How do you get over a disappointment like tonight? What will you be doing over the next days and weeks?

You just have to accept the pain. I feel very sad first of all, for the players.

I don't think that there’s someone who feels more pain than our players.

It’s never good to compare pains. But for me it’s hard to believe someone is suffering more than my players.

And I also feel sad for the pain of the fans because I know it’s a big pain. This is a responsibility that I have to assume. And it’s very difficult for a head coach to assimilate the deception of all these people. And especially with two truths that work in an inconvenient way.

They are two conclusions for me. The difficulties that this team could overcome. And the results that this team has reached taking into account all the difficulties that the team had to overcome.

This invites us to think this team reached a point that was higher than what the team could reach, but this is not true. Because the team deserved to finish first or second. And we had the conditions and the skills to win these play-offs.
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