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Mateusz Klich wishes Nicolas Pepe wasn’t sent off against Leeds

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Mateusz Klich wishes Nicolas Pepe wasn’t sent off against Leeds

Mateusz Klich has told BBC Radio Leeds that he would have preferred Nicolas Pepe to not be sent off at the weekend as the red card left Leeds United with a tougher task trying to secure the three points.

The Whites looked much better against Arsenal after two defeats before the international break. They created a number of chances and hit the woodwork on a number of occasions.

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However, the most notable incident in the game came six minutes after the break. Pepe was dismissed after clashing with Gjanni Alioski off the ball.

The instinctive reaction would be to suggest that Leeds had immediately become overwhelming favourites. They already seemed to be on top. And they now had a numerical advantage.

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What actually happened however, was that a win seemed to be knocked off the table for both sides. Arsenal decided to try and soak up the pressure.

The visitors did create a fantastic opportunity for Bukayo Saka. But they were relying on counter attacks to try and relieve the pressure that Leeds applied.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side did come close on a few more occasions. However, that could not take advantage when they got a sight of goal.

 

And that is why Klich has now suggested that Leeds would have been better off had Pepe stayed on the pitch.

“I think I would have rather played against 11 players against Arsenal because every time there is a red card and you play against 10 men, I think it’s more difficult than against 11 players,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.

“Every team goes very deep and defends with more players. It’s harder to break so I would rather play against 11 players.”

Arsenal are a fantastic side. But Leeds would have felt a real sense of frustration only taking one point from that game.

On the plus side, it is arguably a further reminder of how far they have come that Klich feels Leeds would have been better off playing against 11 members of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

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