Millwall striker Lee Gregory recently spoke on his club’s website of how big the fixture against league leaders Leeds is this weekend.
The 30-year-old said that ‘Leeds at home is one that it doesn’t get much bigger than for Millwall’, as he spoke very highly of Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
These comments suggest that Leeds are returning to the team that they once were. Although they are only in the Championship, there is the growing feeling that they are the team to be feared in the division, which harks back to their glory days. The potential they are showing suggests that they can return to the Premier League, and even be a force there. This will please all fans of The Peacocks, as their years in the footballing wilderness appear to be coming to an end.
On the other hand, comments like this are made to put the pressure on a team. Leeds will now know that they are the team to beat, and that will affect them mentally going into each game. Whether it makes them complacent, or desperate to perform, either can negatively affect a team. Furthermore, they know that each team are gunning for them as they sit at the top of the table, any off day or under par performance and they know that they will pay the price.
With some people believing that Bielsa’s style of football is unsustainable, because of the intense nature of it, comments like this add a psychological pressure to a team that will find this season very physically demanding.
A lot of the time players say these comments with the intention of getting into their opponent’s head, it’s just a case of how Leeds react to it.