Leeds assistant boss Pep Clotet makes an admission regarding the strength of the Championship

General view inside the stadium

The Spaniard is preparing for his first season at Elland Road.

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)Pep Clotet alongside Garry Monk during their time at Swansea

Leeds United's assistant boss Pep Clotet has claimed that this season will see one of the most competitive Championship races there has ever been, and while he insisted that the Whites will be prepared for that, he admitted that they may need some luck along the way, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Clotet is helping Garry Monk as the Englishman prepares to become the latest man to take on the chalice that seems to become slightly more poisoned with every brief tenure.

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

But rather than build expectations up too high, the Spaniard has seemingly conceded that United will need plenty to go their way for the side to enjoy immediate success, such is the strength in the division this season.

"We're going to be prepared and we're going to wish that a little bit of luck goes our way," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "At the same time, with our feet on the ground, we know it's going to be a tough competition."

"It's got to be one of the most difficult seasons ever in the Championship but I look forward to it. What we've done is to analyse all the Championship games to see exactly how the competition is. You analyse how teams attack, how teams defend, how you have to fix a little bit the way you want to play so you can handle this kind of competition."

Elland Road

With two former giants of the Premier League falling into the second tier ahead of this term, Monk and Clotet will know that they will have to get every little drop of quality out of the squad if they hope to compete in the promotion picture given that their transfer budget is surely going to be much less than what Newcastle and Aston Villa have to play with - the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the Magpies currently have £22m worth of bids on the table for two of their targets.

And while United's stature means that they will always have some part to play when the promotion race is discussed at the start of the season - even if it that is just to suggest that they are huge outsiders to go up - the strength of this year's league arguably means that Leeds' first top-half finish since 2011 would make the campaign a success, especially if they hint at some stage that they have the potential to challenge for a place in the top six. 

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