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Leeds United’s Gaetano Berardi comments on his poor start to last season

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The Leeds defender endured a tough time to his start in English football.

The 25-year-old was one of many players to arrive at Elland Road last summer, and he has spoken to the Yorkshire Evening Post to discuss his poor start to the campaign.

The full-back said: “The first two or three months was difficult for me. It’s very different here to how Italian football is. But no, that wasn’t [the reason] for the red cards. I didn’t get the red cards because of that. It was me doing wrong.

“I was not happy but my opinion is that I stayed calm for the next month, I worked hard with the squad and then, when I came back, I was good. I learned from that. I did not like not being in the team.”

The Swiss defender is talking about the red cards he picked up in his opening games as a Leeds player, when he was dismissed on his debut - and then on his third league start.

Berardi’s first dismissal was against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup, having been shown a straight red card in injury time for a reckless tackle - that was more a violent assault that football challenge.

He followed that up with two yellow cards in a Championship victory over Huddersfield, and the cards came to represent Berardi’s struggles in England.

He was one of the few players brought over who was not consistently playing for the Whites, and when he was, performances were remarkably poor.

However, the full-back slowly righted himself throughout the campaign, and established himself as a key figure in Neil Redfearn’s plans, missing just one game of the last 11 fixtures.

He has been used consistently by Uwe Rosler in pre-season, and will be looking to start the new campaign in the same way he ended the last one, as a key player in the first-team set-up.

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