The Argentine coach defended his team's goalkeeper.
Following strong criticism of Kiko Casilla's performance duringLeeds
' FA Cup defeat to Crawley, Marcelo Bielsa has now defended his goalkeeper .
Casilla, 34, who is his side's second goal scorer after Ilan Meslier, had returned to action for his side in the third round of the FA Cup and has been blamed by many Leeds fans for Crawley's first and second goals. He was suspended for eight games last year for racist insults to a Charlton player and fined £60,000, does not have a good relationship with the club's fans, but Bielsa defended his team's goalkeeper.
“I fully trust in Kiko and I will do the utmost possible to help him,”
said Bielsa told reporters.
“I think that the treatment he suffered ignores the fact that he played 40 games for Real Madrid.
“Apart from whether his performances were good or bad, we forget all the things he has done to get the team promoted.”
“People also don’t consider how he’s been treated publicly given the situation that he had to go through when he was suspended for eight games,”
“I believe in him, his team-mates believe in him and we are close to him because we value him as a person and a footballer.
“We accept what people think of him in the media or people, but we know his past and we know his conditions and we care about him a lot as a human being.”