Marcelo Bielsa did not hesitate to take his defensive midfielder out early in the game, fearing he would get a red card.
Marcelo Bielsa is not afraid to take radical decisions. Friday evening, when traveling from Leeds at Aston Villa, the Argentine coach knocked out one of his players, Pascal Struijk, after only 20 minutes of play. The Dutchman was not injured or even tired. But “El Loco” was afraid that his player would take a red card. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder was warned in the 10th minute for a foul on Jack Grealish, and he committed another dangerous foul in the wake, which prompted his manager to crack down.
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Bielsa then chose to pitch young Jamie Shackleton, who had only played 10 minutes in the Premier League since the start of the season. A winning bet since his players finally won 3-0 on the field of second in the standings, who was undefeated so far.
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