Well that was easier than the weekend, wasn’t it? Leeds trampled over Reading on Tuesday, and it proved their form is peaking in the period it’s faltered in previous years – the most important time.
After a nervy 1-0 victory against Bristol at the weekend, Leeds proved they can win in both scrappy and emphatic styles as the final few months of the season rumble on. If Saturday proved their grit, then Tuesday showed off their flair, brushing past Reading as if the Whites were already a top-flight team.
The game was finished by half time, with all three goals coming before the 43rdminute, and that’s also a key target that must be achieved more regularly by Marcelo Bielsa’s team. With games coming thick and fast, the squad need to be as fit as possible to take on every challenge, and by killing games against weaker opposition in the first half, it gives them chance to relax.
Saturday’s game was gruelling and will have taken every inch of Leeds’ energy to hold on to the win, so to see them so dominant just three days later proves the resilience and determination required to earn that promotion they’ve craved for over 15 years now. Their 62 per cent possession and almost double Reading’s passing numbers, 369-604, illustrates this perfectly.
They play third-placed Sheffield United at Elland Road on Saturday and Bielsa will be happy with the way the team are heading into the promotion six-pointer. Emphatic victories like the one against Reading really get the confidence high for the big games and the squad will now truly believe they deserve their place in next season’s Premier League.
The Blades are only two points behind Leeds after their 2-0 win against Brentford on Tuesday, so they’ll be confident too, but the Whites’ momentum might just be too much for them to handle.
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