'He does everything he can' - Stuart Dallas hails belief instilled by Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United after Manchester City win

Stuart Dallas says Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has given his players the belief to beat teams like Manchester City - even with 10 men.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:45 am
Leeds United's Stuart Dallas celebrates at Manchester City. Pic: Getty

The Whites pulled off the unlikeliest of victories over the Premier League champions in waiting last weekend.

Dallas' 91st minute winner sparked wild celebrations at the Etihad stadium with Leeds having played the whole second half a man down.

City entered the game looking to make it 27 wins out of 28 in all competitions but came unstuck against a battling Whites side who were forced to adapt.

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Club captain Liam Cooper was handed a red card in first half stoppage time for a high follow through on opposition striker Gabriel Jesus.

The challenge was initially deemed worthy of a yellow by referee Andre Marriner before being upgraded upon a VAR review.

Dallas had earlier put United ahead before Ferran Torres levelled with 14 minutes to go in Manchester.

Leeds were forced to defend deep for the majority of the second half as they deployed a low block and played on the break against Pep Guardiola's star-studded line-up.

The Northern Irishman then handed Leeds a famous victory in the first minute of added time, breaking through to slot home and hand Bielsa all three points.

"We went to Manchester City to win the game, whether people call us crazy or naive that's their opinion," Dallas told Sky Sports.

"He (Bielsa) showed a belief in us that we can go to these places and get a result. Of course we're not going to win the league but we're more than capable of putting in a performance and we've shown that throughout the season.

"We've been criticised at times for how we've played and again it's a matter of opinion but that just shows what type of manager he is.

"He gives us, as players, the belief. He does everything he can, him and his staff throughout the week, to give us the best opportunity to go to these places and get a result.

"Of course like on Saturday when you go down to 10 men the game plan changes but you've seen how we defended, we were close to each other in defence, we got tackles in and we ran forward at the right times.

"I'm sure he may not take credit for getting that result but believe me he had a big part to play in it.

"He's different, he's unique the way he sees a game and there would have been no prouder man on Saturday than him. Deep down inside he'll be buzzing."

Dallas also believes the win over City can help United keep up the momentum they have created in the top flight.

Leeds have just seven games of the season remaining but face two more tricky games next in reigning champions Liverpool and arch rivals Manchester United.

"We continue on now with the little bit of momentum that we've started to build," Dallas added.

"Nobody probably gave us a chance going into the game on Saturday but we went in with a game plan and fortunately we got the win.

"It's never easy to play with 10 men against anybody, never mind Man City. To go down to 10 men just before half-time and to play the second half. We didn't just lose any player, we lost our captain, leader and voice at the back.

"It was difficult and it was a challenge. We sacrificed our striker in Patrick [Bamford].

"It was backs against the wall. I thought we defended really well. I know they had a lot of possession, shots and crosses. We were tight and compact. When the chances came thankfully we were able to take one.

"I always felt that if we could get some composure on the ball we would get a chance on the break because they were committing so many men forward.

"With the pace we had in Raphinha on one side and Helder Costa on the other, I always felt we could get a chance.

"When Rapha goes through five minutes before I score you're hoping that's the one. He doesn't so then you've got to dig in again and you're hoping then you get one more and thankfully we did that."