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Massimo Cellino says last month has been hell for Leeds, explains why

Hosting the Rugby World Cup seems to be affecting Championship outfit Leeds United.

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has explained to La Gazzetta dello Sport the impact of hosting the Rugby World Cup on the club.

The Whites’ home ground, Elland Road, hosted the Pool D game between Italy and Canada earlier today.

“It’s an honour (to host) but it’s also been a tough task for us,” Cellino told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The last month has been hell, the works on the stadium have upset our strategy but I love my country and I was happy to host the Azzurri. The Championship calendar has been amended for the rugby.

“Leeds had to travel to Milton Keynes last week and we will play a second away game in a row tomorrow at Middlesborough.”

Leeds actually won away from home last weekend, defeating Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 at Stadium:mk in the Championship.

The Whites will be playing away from home tomorrow, taking on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

It will be a tough test for the Whites, as Boro are in good form at the moment and are on course for a top-two finish in the Championship this season.

Aitor Karanka’s side are second in the league table at the moment with 17 points from eight matches, four points behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Leeds are currently 14th in the Championship table with 11 points from eight matches, four points behind sixth-place Burnley with a game in hand.

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