Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he feels a realistic target for the club this season is a position in the top six.
The Italian mentioned the play-offs three teams as he spoke about aims for next season, with the club’s Championship opener against Burnley a week away.
“The target is to go into the play-offs. It’s difficult but we have to do better than last season. The target is the play-offs,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’m very happy here but I’ll be more happy if we go to the play-offs. That would be a lot better.”
Has Berardi set the bar too high?
Leeds have the infrastructure and the quality needed to sustain a top six challenge throughout the coming season, but last year showed just how difficult and competitive the division can be.
Leeds manager Uwe Rosler has a good young squad available, a solid midfield and different options in attack, as well as the chance to continue working hard in the transfer market to sign that winger who would also give the team some extra width.
Most of the boxes are ticked and he’ll also benefit from the versatility that some of the club’s younger players showed last season, if he’s not able to sign the right winger to come into the squad.
Away form is vital
Elland Road is one of the most intimidating grounds for any side to visit and Leeds should back themselves to win most of their home matches.
What’s important is that the club works hard to be consistent away from home in all games because that consistency should take some of the pressure away from the home matches.
If Leeds can get off to a good start then it takes some of the pressure away from the manager and the players, hopefully giving the club a top six position they can defend rather than chase.