Mateusz Klich has told West Yorkshire Sport that it would initially be very painful if Leeds United ended up sealing promotion in front of no fans – though he admitted that next season would make up for it.
There is a big question mark over what will happen with the rest of the season. And of course, Leeds have more reason than most to want answers.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship and seven points clear of third place Fulham. With nine games to go, they will have a fantastic chance of getting across the line – provided that the season gets started up again.
One idea that seems to be being discussed by many fans and pundits is finishing the season behind closed doors with games being played in empty stadiums.
Klich admitted that that would not be his preference. But the Poland international conceded that he would much rather do that than abandon the season.
“If we would make it and go up, and we couldn’t celebrate with the fans, it would be very painful,” he told West Yorkshire Sport. “On the other hand, I think everyone would enjoy next season so if it has to happen, we have nothing to say about it.
“But I would rather finish the games with the fans in the stadium, and hopefully we could celebrate with them. But there’s still nine games to go so we don’t want to make the mistake from last season.”
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Of course, there are much more important things to consider right now than football – as Klich notes during the interview.
But you do get the feeling that this break could help Leeds if the season does resume at some stage.
Having some time off may help the majority of the squad recharge their batteries. Bielsa demands an incredible amount from his players. So the break may reinvigorate them.
But it may also leave them even more motivated to get promoted. With some pundits suggesting that the season needs to be voided, Leeds may currently fear that promotion may evade them again this term without another ball being kicked.
If they get back out onto the pitch, they will surely not let the opportunity slip through their grasp.