Darren Pratley has labelled Leeds United as the “so-called Champions” in an interview with the London News Online ahead of Saturday’s clash between the midfielder’s Charlton Athletic and the Yorkshire side.
Leeds currently sit at the top of the table and despite conceding an injury-time equaliser to Derby County at Elland Road on Saturday, they remain top as Swansea City failed to beat Bristol City.
The Whites boast the best defensive record after eight league games, conceding just four goals in the second tier all season. Indeed, they have scored 13 times and lost only once to Swansea – another injury-time goal saw the Swans win 1-0.
Charlton midfielder Pratley has urged his teammates to raise their game after being beaten 2-0 by Wigan Athletic, claiming that Leeds are the “so-called Champions” and that if they do not improve – they will be punished.
“Next week we’re playing the so-called champions that are expected to win the league,” Pratley said. “We’re going to have to raise it because if we play like that [in their 2-0 defeat at Wigan last Saturday] we are going to get punished.”
TBR’s view – The pressure is on Leeds already
But the Leeds players must learn from last season and put pressure from an expectant fanbase to the back of their minds, and concentrate on taking every game as it comes to finally end a 16-year with for Premier League football at Elland Road.
Last season, Leeds crumbled under the pressure – eventually losing to Brentford which succumbed the Whites to the play-offs – where they lost 4-3 to Derby. The pressure is on but they have got to get it over the line, or risk losing Marcelo Bielsa.