Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa defended his goalkeeper Ilan Meslier after his poor performance in the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last night.
Tottenham’s first goal came from a penalty kick by Harry Kane, after a strange pass from Meslier reached the opponents, before Steven Bergwijn was blocked inside the penalty area.
After another stumbling from Meslier, defender Toby Alderweireld scored Tottenham’s third goal with a header, after a corner kick by South Korean Son Heung-min in the second half.
This was not the usual performance from the young French goalkeeper, who has performed well this season.
Bielsa said the 20-year-old should not be judged by one match.
“The judgement should be about the goalkeeper’s performance in all matches and not in one match,” the Argentine coach added to reporters.
“He definitely made a mistake, but looking at all the matches he participated in, he was completely up to the task.”
Regarding the performance of his team, Bielsa said, “We carried out a large number of attacks. The opponent slightly outperformed us in creating opportunities that came through mistakes that could have been avoided.”
Leeds United ranks 12th among the 20 teams in the Premier League with 23 points from 17 matches.
Leeds will be the guest of 4th division team Crowley in the FA Cup, next Sunday.