Leeds United fans were hoping that The Whites would follow an encouraging performance against a dangerous Eintracht Frankfurt with a better display against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Against Frankfurt, Leeds were at times torn apart by crisp attacking and opened like a tin of peaches by beautifully-weighted through balls. Today Leeds United met a Hoffenheim side containing £14m rated winger/attacker Kevin Volland and a goal-happy attack who had scored 51 goals in their previous five friendly fixtures, albeit against lower-league, German opposition. In fairness, Leeds fans like myself were just hoping for a good performance and, to be fair, I think we got it.
Whilst we didn’t pull up any trees and, as one Leeds United fan predicted in an interview with The72’s Tom Carnduff, “I think we’ll batter ’em”; we stood up to a high-calibre opponent and gave them problems. For me, it was the improved presence on Souleymane Doukara and the solid start for Tom Adeyemi that impressed me. However, people see different things in a football game, that’s the beauty of ‘the beautiful game’. Here’s what Twitter thought.
Twitter reacts to a narrow Leeds United defeat
From the carefully cautious optimist…
Positive display against Hoffenheim, will be looking fairly strong when we bring in a winger #lufc
— TỴ (@kaspano) July 25, 2015
…to the not-yet-decided optimist.
— MCharlton83 (@MCharlton83) July 25, 2015
Another seeing the positive side of a Leeds display…
…to a further fan buoyed by the game today.
— Noble_Yorkshireman (@Adamnoble81) July 25, 2015
From the somewhat confused…
…to a thankful Norwegian White.
Massive day for #lufc fans up here, thanks a million to all who came from near and far. Brits and vikings MOT. Amazing atmosphere today!
— Svend Karlsen (@svendleeds) July 25, 2015
And the final word goes to this…
Hoffenheim's Tarik Elyounoussi on playing against #lufc's Sol Bamba 'it was like running into a brick wall!'
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) July 25, 2015
A decent game by a very game Leeds United side who, whilst playing a more than decent top tier German Bundesliga side, showed that they were not will to be overawed or crumble to superior opponents. The next test comes in a week when Leeds United turn out against Premier League opposition in Everton at Elland Road. By the time that game kicks off, Leeds United fans will likely have a good idea of what the line-up will be for the following week, the start of the 2015/16 Championship campaign against Burnley.