History, state of form… What you need to know about Leeds United

The last meeting before the resumption of the championship! This Wednesday, December 21, AS Monaco will travel to Leeds for a final friendly match. On this occasion, we invite you to discover the opponent of the red and white: Leeds United, with the complicity of Théo, Community manager of the Leeds United France page.

After the duels against Empoli and Fiorentina last week, a last friendly meeting awaits Philippe Clement’s players before the return to the championship scheduled for December 28 in Auxerre. It will be against Leeds, residents of the Premier League and current 15th in the championship. Presentation.

A comeback signed Bielsa

They had been hoping for it for too long! At the end of the 2019-2020 season, Leeds United won the Championship (English second division, editor’s note) and entered the Premier League for the first time since… 2004. On the Ellan Road side, it was madness, a historic club of English football is back in the foreground. Located seventy kilometers from Manchester, Leeds does not hide its pleasure. The craftsman of this ascent? A certain Marcelo Bielsa, former coach of Olympique de Marseille.

Confirmation time?

Three years after its accession, the former club of Rio Ferdinand is skating a little at the start of the season, with only fifteen units gleaned in 14 days. The balance sheet? Four wins, three draws and seven defeats, 22 goals scored and 26 conceded (17th defense tied). However, this emblematic club has perfectly negotiated the turn of the ascent to the elite: ninth in 2020-2021, then 17th last year for their second season, often considered the most delicate.

Marcelo Bielsa thanked in February 2022, it is today Jessie Marsch who is in post. The American technician relies on a solid framework with in particular Illan Meslier – former player of FC Lorient -, Robin Koch, Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo for example. Despite this the « Peacocks » as they are nicknamed, flirt dangerously with the relegation zone, only two points behind.

The state of form of the team was nevertheless rather good before the break with four successful matches. Unfortunately, even if the game set up by Jesse Marsch is attractive, it is still difficult to see collective and individual progress. (…) The ambition this season is clear is clear: maintaining as soon as possible

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Two exploits against Liverpool and Chelsea

But for the triple champion of England (1969, 1974 and 1992) nothing is over. A team renowned for not giving up until the last second, Leeds will sell their skin dearly until the end of the season, as evidenced by their victory against Liverpool on the lawn of Anfield obtained in the 89th minute of play on October 29. , or the convincing success against Chelsea (3-0) acquired in August.

A legendary stadium

Capable of the best and the worst, Leeds is an unpredictable team this season. The former club of Jean-Kévin Augustin can in any case count on an incredible popular fervor, despite mixed results. With an average attendance of 36,441 spectators this season, Ellan Road has the reputation of welcoming one of the most fervent audiences across the Channel.

Only a few days after the two confrontations in Italy, the men of Philippe Clement will have to fight a big battle in the North West of England. A meeting that promises to be breathtaking for what will therefore be the last friendly test before the return to the championship for AS Monaco.

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