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28-year-old might well be starting to regret his actions following Leeds United’s draw with Aston Villa

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An incredible five-minute period at Elland Road yesterday gripped the footballing world, with Leeds United and Aston Villa clashing over Mateusz Klich’s controversial opener for the Whites.

Leeds were entertaining Villa in the penultimate game of the regular season in the Championship, and despite both sides knowing that they were heading for the play-offs, it was a hugely competitive afternoon.

Klich opened the scoring for Leeds on 72 minutes, but in controversial fashion, with the midfielder opting not to kick the ball out of play despite Jonathan Kodjia’s apparent injury.

After converting the goal, Conor Hourihane was amongst the Villa players to spark a melee, which resulted in Anwar El Ghazi’s red card and other cautions.

From there, Marcelo Bielsa opted to order his Leeds side to allow Aston Villa to score unopposed from the kick-off. Albert Adomah was offered a path to the Leeds goal and he eventually stroked home. However, Pontus Jansson tried his best to stop the Villa winger.

Bielsa touched on the incident in his post-match press conference, telling the media how Jansson didn’t want to obey the command he’d been given.

“Jansson didn’t want to obey the indication I gave. That diminishes my authority and I don’t know what the consequences are when you lose respect from a player,” he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

 


Despite going on to describe his answer as ironic, the 28-year-old centre-back might be starting to regret his actions.

At the end of the day, Bielsa is his coach and everyone should obey what he orders his side to do.

Gaetano Berardi confronted Jansson about it after Adomah had pulled Villa level, and whilst we can all accept that Jansson is a passionate player who only wanted to win, if his teammates are questioning him, he’s probably in the wrong.

That five-minute spell involving both goals and some incredible sportsmanship from Bielsa has the country talking. Many agree, many disagree – that’s football and it causes debate.

However, for Jansson, he should be doing as his boss tells him and he might be starting to regret his rather comical attempt to halt Adomah.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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