Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce believes Leeds United’s speed and intensity are what make them more difficult to play against than other teams in the Championship.
Bruce was speaking after his Owls were beaten 1-0 by the Whites at Elland Road on Saturday (BBC Sport), which ended their excellent recent run of just one defeat in the last 13 games.
Jack Harrison struck the winner in the second half after peppering Keiren Westwood, and Leeds are second in the table by three points after Sheffield United could only manage a draw against Milwall.
As things currently stand, Leeds are 10 points away from returning to the Premier League.
One last big push will be required by Marcelo Bielsa’s men, and Bruce reckons they have a brilliant chance.
He said, as quoted by The Daily Mail: “You would fancy them with four games to go; with that they’ve got going for them they’ve got an outstanding chance.”
“They don’t do anything that any other team doesn’t do against you, they just do it with an intensity and speed. They’re young, aggressive in their work and they were very good against us.”
Bielsa’s brilliance has given Leeds their best chance of a return to the Premier League in years.
The Argentine has instilled an incredible work ethic in his players, and Harrison’s goal on Saturday saw them take the lead in a match and go on to win for the 20th time this term (Yorkshire Evening Post).
That work ethic and intensity is also present behind the scenes, and is something that could prove to be the difference in a few weeks’ time.
With Bielsa at the helm having instilled such a mentality, Leeds – as Bruce says – stand an amazing chance of returning to the big time.