Gaetano Berardi responds when asked what Leeds can still achieve this season

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Gaetano Berardi is looking for Leeds to make a strong run to the end of the season.

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has told BBC Radio Leeds that he wants to see a strong end to the season at Elland Road.

Swiss defender Berardi, 27, had enjoyed a superb season at right back for Leeds, thriving in his second season at the club having arrived from Sampdoria back in the summer of 2014.

However, the full back hasn't played since the 0-0 draw against Charlton Athletic back in December, having torn a ligament in his ankle, leaving centre back Scott Wootton to fill in at right back - and he has earned plenty of criticism over the last two months.

Today, Berardi played 45 minutes for Leeds Under-21's in a game against Huddersfield Town, as he continues his rehabilitation, and could be on the bench against Fulham on Tuesday night.

His return comes with Leeds in a particularly difficult time, as they have won just one of the last nine Championship games, scoring just seven goals in that time.

Now, Berardi has been asked what he thinks Leeds can achieve during the rest of the season, given that they won't be going up and surely won't be going down.

Berardi told BBC Radio Leeds that, whilst he doesn't think Leeds will win a lot of games, they must finish the season strongly and get some momentum heading into pre-season and then next year's Championship campaign.

"We have to think positive," said Berardi when asked what Leeds can achieve. "We have to think that we can win not a lot, but some games. We need to win some games because we have to finish good this season. Maybe it's an easy position now because we're in the middle of the table, but we need to finish very good and prepare for next season," he added.

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