Michael Appleton reserves high praise for Leeds United; backs them for play offs

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Leeds United were beaten 3-1 by Leicester City in League Cup action last night.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare speaks to assistant manager Michael Appleton during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July...

Leicester City boss Michael Appleton has suggested at his press conference, following his side’s victory over Leeds United in the League Cup, which was covered by the Foxes’ official website, that he feels Thomas Christiansen’s side will finish in the play offs this season.

Leeds have made an impressive start to the new campaign, and currently sit in fourth place in the Championship table.

The Whites managed to give Leicester a scare in the League Cup last night, despite making a number of changes to their starting line-up.

Players of Leeds shows appreciation to the fans after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Leicester,...

And Appleton was impressed by the performance of Leeds in the contest.

He said: “We thought Leeds would make quite a few changes. They’ve got a talented squad and they’re up near the top of the Championship for a reason.

“Leeds are up there for a reason. They'll certainly finish in the top six in my view.”

Leeds actually took the lead against Leicester, when Pablo Hernandez found the back of the net with a belting strike, but the Yorkshire side were unable to hold on.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Leicester hit back after Felix Wiedwald made an error, and allowed Kelechi Iheanacho a chance to score, and the Foxes showed their Premier League class after that.

Islam Slimani put Appleton’s men into the lead, before Riyad Mahrez rounded off the scoring late on.

Leeds’ attentions will now return to their Championship campaign, with their next match coming against Sheffield United on Friday evening.

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