Kiko Casilla has revealed Leeds United welcome the pressure that has been mounted on them this season and that they have an ‘obligation’ to win every match they play.
Speaking to AS, the experienced goalkeeper stated they knew it would not be easy, but felt that they would have a better chance this time around as they would have a better understanding of the demands Marcelo Bielsa has.
“This year we will know more about Bielsa’s style and we have that obligation to win every game. A draw is no longer worth it. We have that pressure, but we also want it. It’s not going to be easy,” he said.
Casilla has plenty of experience of playing at the top-level of the game and knows what it takes to become a winner as he won a number of titles during his time at Real Madrid (Transfermarkt).
In an ideal world for Leeds, that should work to the Whites’ advantage as he will be able to cope with pressure and knows what it takes to deal with it. However, reality appears to have been somewhat different for the Elland Road outfit regarding the veteran shot-stopper.
Despite becoming a mainstay in the side since his arrival in January, Casilla has come in for plenty of criticism in the last eight months or so, with many pundits having slammed certain aspects of his game.
The former Real Madrid ‘keeper was sent off against Sheffield United in a crucial clash back in March and then went on to make a huge blunder on the cusp of half-time against Derby County in their play-off semi-final which led to criticism from fans and David Prutton – who stated Casilla had lost his marbles and perhaps cost their chances of obtaining promotion.
Most recently, Gary Neville, who was on punditry duty for Sky Sports (via HITC Sport) admitted he would be a ‘nervous wreck’ if he were to play with him following Leeds’ triumph against Salford City in the Carabao Cup earlier in the week.
The Championship has proven to be an extremely tough division to get out of for Leeds, who perhaps had their best chance of escaping the second tier last season.
Casilla is right in that there will be pressure on them to go one better than last time out and that it will not be easy; however, making it an ‘obligation’ to win every single game could bring an added pressure and expectation that some members of the side may not be able to deal with.
And, arguably, if Leeds are to win every match, the experienced shot-stopper might have to work on certain aspects of his game given how costly his deficiencies proved to be last season.
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