Poland international MatheusKlichwas the sacrificial lamb at the halftime interval as Leeds United ensured that they kept home team Crystal Palace at bay on the way to a goalless draw when the two teams met in the Premier League on Monday night. Poland national team star Klich started the game as part of a two-man central midfield alongside England international Kalvin Philips before he made way for German defender Robin Koch at the start of the second half for a more defensive approach.



Koch who came on for Poland international Klich is a central defender by trade, but he can also play as a defensive midfielder. Koch was able to slot in beside Philips at the heart of the Leeds United midfield, but he was better defensively than Klich. It must be pointed out that Klich is better than Koch when it comes to the attacking part of the game.

Klich has been a regular for Leeds United since they secured promotion into the Premier League around two years ago. The Polish midfielder was a constant fixture in the Leeds United starting XI under manager Marcelo Bielsa before the Argentine tactician was sacked earlier this year and replaced by his American counterpart, Jesse Marsch.

Ex-Red Bull Salzburg manager Marsch has been able to lead Leeds United away from the relegation zone with 11 points from the last five league games. The goalless draw at Palace this week made it a total of 11 points from five games for Leeds and also moves them further away from the relegation zone. Ahead of a tough run of fixtures against league leaders Manchester City (home), Arsenal (away) and Chelsea (home), Leeds have five more points than Everton in third from bottom though they have played a game more than the Merseyside club.

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