Illan Meslier has been looking ahead to Leed United’s clash against Aston Villa on Friday night, as they make the trip to Villa Park against the league’s form side.
The recently concluded international break came at the wrong time for Leeds as they looked to capitalise on their great run since the start of the season, but were left stuttering as they welcomed Wolves to Elland Road.
A tense affair on Monday night saw the momentum switch after half time, when Leeds were looking like the better side until Nuno Espirito Santo’s men gained control in the second half.
Leeds find themselves on seven points from their first five games back in the Premier League, a steady return but still room for improvement.
Up next for the Whites is a trip to Villa Park to face a familiar foe in Aston Villa.
A lot has changed since the two last faced each other back in April 2019, with the Villans clinching promotion that season and Leeds clawing their way back to redemption by storming the Championship last term.
It’s set to be another thrilling game in Leeds’ breathtaking start to life back in the top flight, with both sides eager to continue how they’ve started.
Dean Smith’s men will go top with a win after their run of four straight wins, including a 7-2 mauling of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Speaking to the club’s official site ahead of the Friday night clash, Illan Meslier has commented on how he sees this test, aiming for a Leeds United win at Villa Park after the Wolves setback. He stated: “The Wolves game was a little frustrating because it was a good game and we dominated the opponent.
“This can happen in the Premier League, we had the possession, but lost this game and now the one objective is focusing on Friday for a win at Aston Villa.
“Every game is very close and it’s very hard, all of the teams are very good and every game is a fight in the Premier League.
“It is very, very difficult to win a game which we know, and we are just focused on game after game.
“It’s good for the team to try and break the series, Aston Villa have had four games and four wins, but we are Leeds and we arrive to win and I hope we are able to win against Aston Villa.”
We’ve seen how the first four games have gone and it’s a clear indication of how this game is going to be approached too.
We won’t lie down at any point under Marcelo Bielsa this season and playing Villa is another game that sets us up well to do that.
They’ll be well up for this contest too after their results against Leicester and Liverpool so there’s no reason why we won’t see an open and engaging contest.
Meslier will be a busy man on Friday if Villa’s form is anything to go by but he’s taken to the Premier League with ease at such a tender age, and he looks an absolute bargain.