Pontus Jansson’s omission from Leeds United’s starting line-up during their 3-0 victory away to Bristol City on Saturday was purely down to tactical reasons, manager Thomas Christiansen has stated.

After a promising start to the campaign, the Whites went into the weekend’s clash at Ashton Gate on the back of three consecutive league defeats, so it came as some surprise to see the imposing 26-year-old dropped to the bench, despite his recent dip in form.

In the end, Christiansen’s decision to hand on-loan centre-back Matthew Pennington a starting berth at the heart of the Leeds defence paid dividends, as the Yorkshire side kept a clean sheet for the seventh time, this season.

During his post-match press conference, the Dane gave a short and straightforward reply when asked to explain his decision to leave out the popular Swede.

“Tactical decision,” was the only response Christiansen was willing to give to Radio Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, highly-rated teenage midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was also somewhat of a surprise inclusion, as he was handed his first league start of the season, as Christiansen praised the 19-year-old’s application in training.

“That was perhaps the moment for him to come in,” the Dane said.

“As I have said before, he has had some problems. He has been working well.”

Saturday’s three points pushed Leeds up to fourth place in the league and they will be hoping to build on their momentum in order to keep pace with leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in their quest for promotion to the Premier League.

On Tuesday night, Christiansen’s side will go head-to-head with top flight outfit Leicester City, when the two sides face off in the Carabao Cup last 16 fixture at the King Power Stadium.


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