Leeds United’s new head coach Thomas Christiansen has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he believes the club deserve to be in the Premier League.
The West Yorkshire club are coming off the back on one of their most impressive seasons in years. They were in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs for most of the year though a poor patch of form at the end of the year meant they dropped out of the top six and finished in 7th place. Despite this promising season, their head coach Garry Monk would leave the club and is now the manager of Middlesbrough.
This means that his replacement Thomas Christiansen is under a lot of pressure as he will have to better the record Monk had last year. And the former AEK Larnaca manager has acknowledged that promotion is the target this year and has said that a club the size of Leeds deserves to be in the Premier League.
He said: “I am in at a big club with ambition. One of the things that inspired me to come here was that after having the talk with Victor, the president (Andrea Radrizzani) and Ivan (Bravo), it is a family club and a big club who deserve to be in the Premier League. I believe with good work we can achieve that.”
“On the league, even though I am Spanish, I have followed the English league since I was a boy. I know how they play with direct play and a 4-4-2. I will try and put my ideas onto the pitch and bring that to the players to dominate games and have control of it. This is progress I have to show. But I am very excited and believe we can do good things.”
“I believe in my possibilities and that is why I am here. Leeds also believe in my abilities and we all want the same and arrive in the best condition at the end of the season.”
“Last year, they finished seventh and at least promotion should be there (an ambition) and we are hoping to do better.”
“I will be new in this league, but I am very flexible. I have my ideas of how I want to play, but I have to adapt to different circumstances and the league and the players we have in this squad and of course, the opponent.”