Leeds United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to three games as they held Leicester to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have not lost a match in the league since the 16th of October when they were beaten 1-0 by Southampton away from home.
Raphinha handed the Whites the lead in the 26th minute, only for Harvey Barnes to equalise for the Foxes two minutes later. They were the only goals of the game as the two sides were forced to settle for a point each, despite chances for both teams to win the match.
The Brazilian forward may have scored the goal to put Leeds in front, but the show’s real star was Stuart Dallas as he ran the game for Bielsa. Whilst Raphinha found the back of the net, his overall performance was surprisingly lacking in quality as he struggled at times.
Per SofaScore, the ex-Rennes forward lost a whopping 12 of his 16 individual duels on the pitch. He also failed with six of his eight crossing attempts and was tackled seven times from his nine dribble attempts, failing to complete a single tackle himself. This suggests that he was not at his best against Leicester as his all-around game lacked cohesion.
Dallas, meanwhile, was able to piece together an excellent showing and caught the eye with his display. He made an impact at both ends of the pitch as his energetic performance helped Leeds control the game, with the Northern Ireland international helping Bielsa’s men in and out of possession.
Per SofaScore, he won five of his nine individual duels and made three tackles and two interceptions, whilst also making three clearances. He was also not dribbled past a single time, as he showed off his defensive solidity for the team.
On the ball, he also made some key contributions. Per SofaScore, he had an eye-catching 79 touches of the ball and created two chances for his teammates. The defender also hit the post and completed four long balls and crosses, showing that he was able to merge defensive nous with ability on the ball going forward.
This shows why the dynamo was Bielsa’s real hero against Leicester as he was able to perform to a high level at both ends of the pitch, whereas Raphinha left a lot to be desired with his all-around game.