November review

View attachment 69002 First game for November and Gomes with a very good attacking performance managed to send Leeds on top for the premier League. The Portuguese is lethal this year and has kicked out Marcus Rashford from the first eleven. His quickness together with his physical skills are making him a very hard opponent for the opposite defenders to tackle.

View attachment 68999 Leeds are chasing the championship this year and Smith has decided to rotate his squad in the champions league games. However , apart from one or two games, Leeds shows depth in the bench this year and the players who are considered as second choices have made some very good performances. This win was one more example of that.

View attachment 68993 An unfair result since the peacocks dominated the game. Tottenham felt lucky to get away with the draw. Smith had no complaints from his players. It was one of those days where the ball simply did not wanted to go in.

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View attachment 68995 Despite the fact that champions league is not so important this season, Leeds managed to qualify from the group stage and now Smith had one more chance for rotation since the last game against Dortmund was nothing more than a typical obligation.

View attachment 68984 End of November and Leeds was laying in second place but very close to Chelsea. "If only we had won the game against them" Smith said to himself looking to the premier league table. But after a call that he received from the president of the team he had other more cheerful thoughts to make.

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View attachment 68772 During the previous years Stoke had caused many troubles to Leeds but this season the peacocks look a totally different team. Smith boys look capable of destroying every defense! A very good performance.

View attachment 68771 The game against Dortmund was not important for Smith since his team had already achieved qualification so he rotated his team a lot. However his boys managed to get the away win in the last game of the champions league group stage.

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View attachment 68762 Next opponent for the champions league would be famous Real Madrid. Surely a huge encounter !

View attachment 68745 What a game and what a win for Leeds !! Smith and his boys manged to complete a huge comeback against the Red Devils. Manchester got the lead in the firs half although Leeds was the better team in the field. During half time Smith tried to boost his players and they came out to dominate the game. Pereira got the equalizer with an amazing free kick and Montes ( who came in a substitute) scored the golden goal which gave Leeds the win. The Mexican defender had not been considered as a first team regular so far since his performances had not been so great. However maybe this goal will change everything.

View attachment 68761 One more easy win for the league. Smith feared the game a lot since he believed that his team would not be so concentrated after the big win in the Roses game. His boys however did the job.

View attachment 68735 A bad draw since Leeds created many chances but they were careless in their finishing. West ham got the point by an own goal and despite Leeds had plenty of time to try and get the lead their efforts had no result.

View attachment 68732 In the game against Burnley, Leeds attacker were more careful and the win came easily. Gomes is having an amazing season so far ! He scores in almost every game he plays !

View attachment 68728 Manchester had kicked out Leeds from the EFL Cup but this time it was Smith and his boys the ones who celebrated the win. It was not an easy game since Gomes got injured and with Rashford being injured as well Smith had no attacker to use. He decided to use on of right wingers Stryjek in the complete forward position. After a few minutes Straton ( Leeds other right winger) got injured as well. Stryjek returned to his natural position in the right flank and Pereira became forward. No one believed that Leeds could get something from the game but Pereira scored the winning goal. Montes (who had returned in Leeds first eleven after his goal against Man. United) looked like a rock behind and Leeds got one more big away win.

View attachment 68722 However Gomez injury was a big blow for the team since he was going to be away for at least six weeks. At least Rashford was about to return.

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View attachment 68715 When December started Leeds was in second place but just before the new year's eve the peacocks had managed to climb in the first place and with a six point lead as well!
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December had been a good month for Leeds and Smith. The peacocks dominated in the premier league. The important thing however was to keep up.

View attachment 68353 Gomez absence due to his injury has not troubled Leeds so far. The team continued to work amazingly well in offense if we take into account the fact that its best attacker is out.

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The upcoming game against Arsenal for the league was a huge one. However Smith saw more of his first team players out with injuries. At least they were not serious ones but now he had to change his plans one more time.

View attachment 68348 What a victory by Leeds. An truly remarkable comeback by the peacocks who were led by a superb Rashford. The experienced striker put one his superman costume and gave an important win to his team. Former Leeds player Martin was once more great for Arsenal but in the end his performance was not enough for the gunners.

View attachment 68347 Sunderland fought hard for the draw but was lucky to keep the win. The team looked tires from the effort that the players put in the previous game but at least defended well in the end and left the field with another three points in their bags.

View attachment 68346 Smith saw Eikrem to give his team the win the minute that everybody believed that 1-1 would be the final score in that game. In the press conference after the match Leeds coach admitted that his team was lucky.

View attachment 68345 Being left with ten players early in the game and with Liverpool as your opponent? No problem. Leeds managed to play even better and got an easy win. In fact Liverpool 's coach said in the end of the game that he felt that it was his team who had one player less in the field !

View attachment 68344 A last minute draw in the away game against Chelsea was not such a bad result , especially when Manchester United did not won its game either. Of course everybody in Leeds camp would prefer to have won this game but it is never good to be greedy!

View attachment 68343 For the first time since Smith took over Leeds the peacocks are in first position and with such a clear lead from the other tittle contenders!

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More awards for Leeds and Mr. Smith !

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Everyone thought that it would be an easy game but Leicester had been the better team. The wanted more and proved it on the pitch. Goodbye FA Cup...

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However Leeds managed to put aside the disappointment from the FA Cup game and returned to wins in the Premier League.

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A bad draw which did not allowed the peacocks to extend their lead from Manchester United.

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Gomez returned from his injury hungry for goals and with a dominating performance gave Leeds a huge advantage in a view of the rematch against Real Madrid for the champions league first knock out round. What a player !!

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Still ahead but with less points this time.
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Things were getting more and more serious. Premier League was approaching in its final stages for this season. Leeds had to remain focused if Smith and his boys want to celebrate their first championship tittle. In the game against Bournemouth the team had been clinical in front of goals and the win came easily.

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Manchester City won a tittle after very long time.

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One more win and three more points in the bag. Manchester United remained six points behind.

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The score of the first game , allowed Smith to rotate his squad in view of the upcoming games for the Premier League. Leeds defended well and manage to qualify.

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Next opponent would be Juventus.

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Leeds managed to win the away game against Newcastle although the team's performance had been awful. Smith reminded to his players that they must remain focused and serious or else all their hard effort so far would be in vain.

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That win secured Leeds qualification in the next season champions league. Everybody in Elland Road however want to end this season as champions so they must not stop trying to succeed that.

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A huge improvement in the team wages will help Smith to make Leeds even more strong.

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The end of March found Leeds in the first place with six more game until the end of the Premier League. Get in guys !!
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The first game that Leeds gave in April was for the champions league. The away victory for the peacocks in the clash against Juventus gave them a huge advantage. Smith had the Premier league as his first priority but know he was beginning to make dream for one more champions league tittle.

The minute that Leeds returned home Smith had a call from the team's president...
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Leeds schedule was very tight and the players was starting to feel very tired. However they had to keep going because that was the time that they had to push their selves if they would like to finish this season in first place. Playing good was not important any more. Winning was everything...

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Smith awaited a more difficult game in the rematch against Juventus but his boys came to play and they did not left the Italians to breathe. That was an easy victory which led Leeds to the quarter finals.

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Champions league cup holder was going to Leeds next opponent.

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A wonderful season for English football since four out four teams in the quarter finals were from the Premier League !

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A bad time for Leeds to play their worst game in the season so far. Everton could have scored more goals since all the players that Smith put in the game were acting as if they were not in the field. Chelsea and Manchester were extremely happy with that result since Leeds loss had put them back on track to steel the tittle from the peacocks.

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What a game that was !! Manchester United players were very tired but they played perfectly and had the win in their hands until Smith 's decision to put Montes in the game. The Mexican defender was one of the worst players in the game against Everton but he was the one to score the late equalizer that kept Leeds in first position !

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No one knew what to expect in the upcoming games with three teams fighting for the tittle with such a close distance to each other. One bad result could easily change everything.
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The second month that Leeds started with a champions league. This time though the result was not the same as it was in the game against Juventus. However the away goal was giving Leeds the hope that they could turn things around in the second game.

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With only two days after the big game against Tottenham Leeds players did not managed to find their breath and Middlesbrough got an easy draw which could hurt Leeds a lot in their championship battle.

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An easy win and a totally different performance compared to the game against Middlesbrough for the league. The peacocks had reached one more champions league final !

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And their opponent would be Manchester United for one more time !

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One more for Leeds. Smith and his boys controlled the game most of the time but the citizens scored a lucky goal and got away with the draw from Elland Road. It was going to be a breathtaking finale ...

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A very close in which Rashford had been the man of the moment. The experienced striker came in as a substitute and got the goal that Leeds wanted. The last game for the league was going to be a trip to Burnley 's home with Leeds and Chelsea having the exact same points !

League Champions or not ?

Leeds had booked a position in the champions league final against its biggest rival, Manchester United but everyone in Elland Road were expecting the last game for the premier league, the away battle with Burnley. The peacocks had the exact points with Chelsea and the Blues had an easiest game to play since they were going to face Middlebrough in their home. The days before that big game , Smith was trying to keep his players relaxed. They all knew that the team's last premier tittle was in 1992 and now for the first time after 38 years they were so close but everything could change in the nick of time !

The day for the big game against Burnley had come. Leeds players went out on the field. Bacj in the dressing room their manager 's last words were : "Remain clam boys , you are the better team and if you play like you know you will win. I have faith on you"! But the game was not going well for Leeds. The players were extremely stressful and they kept losing easy chances in front of goals. In the other game , Chelsea had already scored three goals and the Blues' fans had started to celebrate as championship winners. In the 65th minute of the game Smith said : "Marcus (Rashford) get in and win the tittle for us ! You can do it"! Rashford replied "Coach I will never forget the faith you showed in me when Mourinho kicked me out from Manchester United. Stay calm and when the referee will blow the end of the we will celebrate the tittle together! "

The experienced player was 100% right !!
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What a day for Smith and his favorite Leeds!!

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Pictures speak louder than words !

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Congrats mate, it's always so much more satisfying to win the league after years of falling just short than it is to win in your first season!
Congrats mate, it's always so much more satisfying to win the league after years of falling just short than it is to win in your first season!

I could not agree more Patrick , and what a way to win it ! If you could see the chances that the team lost until the first goal you would be amazed ! I was so close in smashing my pc into pieces ha ha ha !!!
It was the team 's last game for the season and what a game that was ! The champions league final ! Smith and his boys despite the fact that their top priority was the league tittle , they managed to reach very high in the champions league. "Go out and play for you boys. Enjoy the game and try ti give your best. No matter what it happens today for me you are the champions"! That was Smith last words before the team entered the field.
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Gomez scored the goals that brought Leeds ahead but he was also the one to loose the last penalty in the shootout. It was just not meant to be. However Leeds' fans gave to their players a warm applause in the end of the game acknowledging their efforts.

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Gomez had been the number one top gun in the champions league this year. If only he had scored that last penalty...

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Leeds captain was the one to win the award for the best goal however he was not at his best in the final.

But the most important news had been the ones that Smith heard from the members of the Leeds board the next day of the champions league final.
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What a day for the club !
Pre season and transfers

It was going to be an odd season for Leeds since the peacocks would have to play in the City of Manchester Stadium until the works in Elland Road would be completed. That however was not going to be the only reason. After the championship , Smith had decided that the team needed reshaping. Despite Leeds' success some of the players wanted to leave the club and seek their luck elsewhere and Smith had no intention of keeping anyone against his will.

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Pereira had expressed his desire to leave the club and sign either to PSG or Real Madrid. The Spanish club placed the biggest offer and the Portugal star packed his bags for the famous Santiago Bernabeu! He was not the only though since other big names left the club as well. Rashford (his contract expired) , Montes and Eisenhofer kissed Elland Road goodbye.

With lots of money to spent went for shopping. What he was seeking for was an attacking midfielder with the same characteristics as Pereira , a central midfielder similar to Eikrem , a right winger as a back for Stryjek , a central defender to team up with his young star Onovo (Smith was determined to see whether the youngster could stand as a first teamer) and a defensive midfielder who could also play as a defender.
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Despite the fact that Leeds had bought many players Smith decided not play many friendly matches during pre season. Most of the players had responsibilities with their national team for the World Cup and Leeds manager did not want his boys to feel exhausted before the beginning of the new season.

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Everybody was keen to see whether Leeds could defend its tittle !

The fans however were ready to show their love to the team !
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The first official match for the season was one more final against Manchester United. This time for the community shield. Everyone were keen to see the new players of Leeds and there was faith for a good result.

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Leeds performance was awful. The Red devils entered the field more ready and determined and won the cup fair and square. Smith hoped that this defeat could make his players more alert in view of the upcoming games for the championship.

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A win at the opening game for the Premier League is always welcome. Leeds manager had been very anxious about this game since it was going to be the first the team temporary home until the works in the Elland Road would be completed. It is never easy when you play a home game in a place where you do not feel quite at home.

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A bad result against Newcastle. Gomez had not started the season well so far. Leeds top striker seems to be tired from the game he gave with his national team in the World Cup. It was vital to shape up.

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First opponent for this season EFL Cup

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Champions league group stage draw and quite a group for Leeds. The peacocks were going to face famous Barcelona in one of the most historical stadium of the world , Camp Nou.

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The league table after the first two games in the Premier League.
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800 matches in Leeds bench for Alan Smith !

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The celebrations and the award that the president gave to Smith before the game affected the players and they did not take the match seriously. However another win in the bag.

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Last season Gomez won the award of the top scorer for the champions league. It was logical to be considered among the favorites for this season as well.

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An away win against Swansea despite the fact that they gave a great fight. Leeds should be able to take these kind of games more easily though.

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First game of this season champions league and Leeds got the win. However it was an easy game. Ajax managed to to score a goal and tried to get the equalizer. Leeds goalkeeper was in top form and the fans left the City of Manchester happy since their beloved team got the result they wanted.

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Maybe it was not so bad to play in a bigger stadium after all...

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Leeds started the game perfectly. The players got out ready to demolish Liverpool and they had scored two quick goals while the Reds could not get the ball out of their area. However two ridiculously red cards put them back in the game. Smith saw his team playing with nine players from the first half! He could not believe it! They remained players however gave a great fight and managed to get the win.

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Rotation , good football and an easy win. That were the key words from the first game for the EFL Cup for this season. Due to injuries and red cards Smith had to use two players from the under 18 team for this game.The youngsters played very well taking into account that it was their first game with the big boys.

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Next opponent would be Watford.

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One more big away result for Leeds. the most noticeable fact in that game was that the Spurs had two former Leeds players in their first eleven !

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Leeds managed to stay close to the top. Arsenal and Manchester City are having a wonderful season so far. Especially City looks ready to the fight for the tittle after many years of of bad performances that have kept them low in the league table.

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Smith won the award for best coach. However the other two gentlemen deserve a lot of credit as well ! Manchester United coach famous Mourinho was not in the top three after very long time.

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Leeds visit in Camp Nou did not end with a good result. The positive fact was that it was a tight game and the two teams looked pretty equal. Barcelona found the goal which gave the Spanish club the win in the last minutes of the game while everyone in the field was beginning to feel satisfied with the draw.

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Leeds may had lost in Barcelona but took a good lesson on how to be cynical in front of goals. Smith 's players proved to be good students and in the game against Chelsea for the Premier League did exactly what Barca did to them.

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And they kept one doing the same in the next game against Leicester for the league.

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Time for some rotation and for an easy win. These had been Smith 's thoughts for the champions league against Sparta Prague. Everything went smoothly and Leeds manager was delighted to know that Barcelona lost their game against Ajax in Holland. So now three of the four teams in the group had six points and Leeds had still chances to finish first.

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One more win in the league with Leeds favorite scoreline lately.

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Despite Smith 's rotation , Watford was no match for Leeds and the peacocks got an easy win which help them to qualify in the next round for the EFL Cup.

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So far Sarenac was showing good things. The Serbian wonderkid, which was bought to fit into Montes feet since former Leeds icon defender was now member of A.C. Milan , had created a good partnership with Onovo in Leeds defense.

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Smith got the award for top manager of the month again !

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Leeds was sharing first place with Arsenal and everyone had been wondering which of the two teams would drop from the top.

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Leeds next opponent would be Liverpool. The Reds have been having an awful season so far.

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One more narrow win for Leeds in their battle to win the championship.

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Sparta Prague played a lot better this time but Leeds managed to leave the beautiful capital of Czech republic with the win.

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A big win in the Premier it was about time for Leeds to play according to the team capabilities.

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A bad result which happened in the worst time. The upcoming match was going to be the big clash with United in Old Traford in a game where Leeds could drop from first place if Arsenal continued their winning strike.

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United had been the better time but sometimes this is not enough. Gomez managed to save a point for his team. United defense could not handle him at all. A good performance for the explosive striker who up till cannot find his pace due to injury problems.

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The two draws allowed Arsenal to reach Leeds in first place.
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"Liverpool has been strangling this year, Leeds has the upper hand , it will be an a walk in the park for the peacocks"... That was some of the predictions for that game. Leeds manager tried to keep his player focused but they went out thinking that it would be an easy and Liverpool made them pay very hard for their arrogance . "I should have brought the under 18 team to play this game today and not you! Who the **** you think you are ? Hope that this game will become a lesson for all you ! I won't tolerate similar behavior from you in the future!". Smith had every right to be furious with his team.

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At least Leeds players played a lot better in the next game for the championship and got an easy home win against Everton who looks very dangerous team this year. They are capable of causing a lot troubles if they are allowed to play their game.

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Next opponent for the FA Cup would be Crystal Palace.

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Last game for the champion league group stage and Leeds got the both the win and the first place of their group despite Ricardo Franzenburg amazing performance. The ex Leeds player wanted to prove to his former coach that he made a huge letting him go in the Summer but it was an ex Barca player who gave the peacocks the win ! Life can be so strange some times ...

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One more win for the league despite the fact that Sheffield tried very hard in the last minutes of the game to steal a point. Thankfully for Leeds the only thing they managed was to score only one goal.

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A huge clash in the first knock out stage for the Champions League.

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Jordi Caballe was starting to prove that he could make Leeds fans to forget Pereira (who had left Elland Road for Real Madrid). The Spanish player has been lethal in front of goals so far. The only thing that troubles Leeds coach is that he is a little bit injury prone.

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Smith wanted to end the year with a win that could allow him to run away from Arsenal , since Leeds and the Gunners had been head to head in the first place in the premiership so far. In order to do that he had decided to rotate his squad in the game against Hull in order for his so called first timers to gain some rest. Middlesbrough though did not share that opinion and if had not been Gomez's goal from the penalty spot Leeds would had suffered its first defeat in this year championship.

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The end of 2030 found Leeds in 1st place together with Arsenal. Smith did not manage to fulfill his plan but at least Lees had one game from the Gunners and if they could win they would climb above them.
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The first game of the new year had been the one against Crystal Palace for the FA Cup where Leeds had an easy afternoon and managed to pass to next round. Smith rotated his team a lot in view of the match against Bournemouth and his secondary players placed in a very good performance something that put him into thoughts on who to pick for the upcoming premier league game.

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Lady luck smiled to the peacocks since Forest Green Rovers would not be a serious obstacle for the next phase of the F.A. Cup and Leeds had a chance to move even more forward.

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Leeds manager decided to use the boys who played against Crystal Palace so as to reward them for their good performance and they were terrible. If it had not been Burke 's (who came in a substitute ) equalizer with an amazing free kick Leeds would have suffered its first
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Leeds returned to the easy wins in the home game against Newcastle. One of the most interesting things in that encounter was that four of the magpies first eleven had been former Leeds players !

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Swansea never stood a chance. League 's worst defense had to face league 's best defense. The odds were totally against them and the final score confirmed all the predictions.

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Leeds started the game brilliantly by scoring in the second minute of the game but after that goal the Hammers' goalkeeper locked like a rock behind the sticks. Smith could not believed his players wasted chances in front of goals and the last minutes of the game looked like ages. Luckily Leeds managed to keep the early lead and the fans returned happy to their homes.

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Everything remained stable in the league table with Leeds and Arsenal fighting head to head for the tittle.

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