Chelsea v Leeds Utd Match Thread

25 Feb 2024 03:45 pm, by Ellandback1

28th February 7:30pm | Stamford Bridge

Fresh from their latest heroics, Leeds find themselves back in midweek action, with a trip to Stamford Bridge in the last sixteen of the FA Cup. The Whites are hitting a purple patch that even Massimo Cellino would have been in awe of. Nine straight wins have propelled them to second, and find themselves just six points from top spot! In essence, Wednesday's game is a free hit for Farke's men. They are not expected to get anything from it, but face an out of sort Chelsea side, desperate for silverware.

Despite Chelsea's recent setback in the League Cup Final against Liverpool, Farke believes this loss will only fuel their determination to secure a spot in Europe next season. Acknowledging that qualification via the league is a remote prospect, he anticipates a highly motivated Chelsea side for this encounter. For those keen on exploring the odds and placing strategic bets on this intriguing match, bettors can visit to stay in the game.

Farke acknowledges the significance of the FA Cup, considering it has the richest history in Western Europe. He emphasizes that the competition holds the same priority as the league, and the team aims to represent the club in the best possible way. With Leeds currently in the race for promotion to the Premier League, Farke emphasizes the need to be cautious with player selections, especially heading into a busy period.

The upcoming match against Chelsea is seen as a spotlight game, and Farke expresses the team's desire to achieve the best possible result. However, he mentions the challenge of facing such a crucial fixture amidst a tight schedule, questioning the choice of an early Saturday kick-off. Despite the underdog status, Farke emphasizes the importance of concentrating and preparing effectively for the game.

Regarding the pressure on Chelsea, Farke asserts that Leeds feels the responsibility to represent the club in every game. He dismisses any notion of fear, acknowledging Chelsea's fantastic potential. Mauricio Pochettino has two days less to prepare, but the strength in depth at his disposal is far greater than Leeds, as they prepare for a rematch of the 1970 FA Cup final.

Despite being on a great run, Farke views Leeds as the underdogs and emphasizes the need to make smart decisions with three upcoming league games. He reiterated the team's commitment to being themselves, aiming to play bravely and defend effectively. He emphasizes the competitive spirit as Leeds travels with a determined eleven on the pitch.

Turning to team news, Farke provides updates on player injuries. Patrick bamford has shown a reaction to his calf, and there is uncertainty surrounding Summerville. While Dan James has a minor bruise, Rutter is dealing with hip flexor problems, with a late decision expected on his availability. On a positive note, Sam Byram is back in team training and is considered an option for the game.

Addressing Summerville's ankle injury, acknowledging the challenges for a young player in a demanding season. While emphasizing the need for caution, Farke appreciates Summerville's standout performances and highlights the importance of adapting to the physical demands of professional football. Despite less-than-ideal training circumstances, the focus is on making smart decisions for the player's well-being.

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YorkshireSquare wrote on 28 Feb 2024 09:52 pm

No one from Leeds interviewed after the game?!

Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 28 Feb 2024 09:32 pm

Orange Box wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 8:32 pm You’re a rhinos fan so count me out 🐅

SnifferClarke wrote on 28 Feb 2024 09:32 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 9:25 pm Gray with MOTM
Not bad against a £200 million midfield!

Madron wrote on 28 Feb 2024 09:30 pm

Casemiro put some salt in the wound

YorkshireSquare wrote on 28 Feb 2024 09:29 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 9:24 pm Cooper has been very good tonight, Firpo very decent for the most part ... Why s**t on our players after a great performance ?

Thought Coops dealt with most things pretty well, didn't let Streling get a sniff.