Leeds United mainstay Mateusz Klich has made a bold claim ahead of their Yorkshire Derby against Sheffield United on Sunday.
Marcelo BIelsa’s first season in charge of Leeds ended in heartbreak after a stunning start to the season that looked like doing enough for the Whites in their quest for promotion.
However, inconsistency and a lack of cutting edge proved to be the difference between Bielsa’s Leeds finishing in third place and Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United finishing a spot above in the automatic promotion places.
Last season, both sides had very little to complain about with Leeds racing to the league title at the second time of asking while the Blades were in the midst of an unlikely push for Europe as they took the Premier League by storm. Something which Leeds are looking to replicate this season.
Last time out, Leeds endured another gripping 4-3 encounter, but this time coming off on the right end of the scoreline as they overcame Scott Parker’s Fulham at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men were cruising at 4-1 and could have easily gone on to score more as the Cottagers looked to have caved in, but their spirited fightback (mixed with Leeds’ jitters) made for a tense finale on Saturday afternoon.
Up next is another game where Leeds could feasibly take the game to their opponents as the Blades are yet to pick up a point in the league so far after their controversial defeat at Villa Park on Monday night.
Speaking to the BBC about the upcoming clash, Mateusz Klich was in a determined mood, claiming Leeds are not going to make the same mistakes they did against Fulham. He stated (as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post):
I think it was a very entertaining game for supporters watching on the TV.
Unfortunately we let them back into the game and that was our mistake, we shouldn’t have done that and we are going to try and not do it again because we didn’t need that.
We should have just finished the game 4-1 but in the end we won and this is what matters.
It was a very, very, very important three points.
Obviously every three points are going to be very important in this league and this is our first one so I hope we will build on that.
Leeds can’t afford to take their foot off the gas defensively like they did against Fulham, leaving spaces all over the pitch for the away side to dominate possession in the latter stages of the game.
Two lapses in concentration allowed Fulham to punish Leeds twice and make what could have been a thrashing nearly a draw.
There’s no doubt Bilesa will have been straight into the players in the dressing room and at Thorpe Arch to make sure that never happens again, starting with the Blades on Sunday.
It’ll certainly be a tense game with Sheffield United already under pressure to get up and running, while Leeds will still have the 18/19 season in the back of their minds, for good and bad reasons after calamities for either side at Bramall Lane and Elland Road.