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Chris Wilder has praise for Leeds and Elland Road atmosphere, discusses their upcoming 2021-22 campaign

Chris Wilder has been quoted by Leeds Live as saying he believes opponents benefit from a lack of fans at Elland Road. Leeds ended up finishing in ninth place. But ex-Blades boss Wilder thinks with the presence of fans, they they could done even better.

Wins over Manchester City, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and plenty more saw Leeds achieve a brilliant top-half finish last term. But after a tricky pre-season – and only one major signing – Leeds fans are slightly pessimistic ahead of the new campaign.

Leeds take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. It is a tricky start, not just because Leeds were beaten 6-2 in the same fixture last season. Indeed, it was a result that saw Marcelo Bielsa change his approach and tighten up at the back, somewhat.

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What has Wilder said about Leeds?

While Leeds fans are nervous over whether the Whites can repeat their excellent 2020-21 heroics – Wilder delivered an exciting verdict. Despite a poor relationship with Leeds, the ex-Sheffield United gaffer suggests the return of fans will massively benefit Leeds.

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He also discussed how Leeds will do ahead of the upcoming season: “I think a few teams got away with it last year, not playing at a packed Elland Road, because I know we’ve had a couple of positive results there and I know how difficult it is to get a result and how passionate they are.”

“The backing that they gave their players. Leeds, even though I haven’t got the best of relationships with because I left a bit on a couple of their players, I’ve still got an awful amount of respect for Marcelo and what he’s achieved. I’m sure that place will be definitely rocking this season.”

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In other Leeds news, do the club have a teenage talent that could be the next Alan Smith – in their Under-23 side?

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