Sol Bamba claims Leeds United are the only standout team in he Championship

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby, England.

Leeds United will be hoping to go one better next season and earn promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds United fans take their seats during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Sol Bamba has claimed that Leeds United are the only standout team in the Championship ahead of the new season as he stated that the rest of the league is 'wide open'.

The Cardiff City defender also warned that teams in the Championship have to be able to produce the goods at the so-called smaller grounds and also the bigger grounds such as Elland Road.

After reaching the play-off semi-finals last season, Leeds will want to put things right this term, whilst Bamba will be hoping relegated Cardiff can mount yet another promotion challenge.

 

Speaking to Sky Sports News (20/06/2019 at 10:50 am), Bamba made a stunning claim about Leeds United's quality compared to the rest of the Championship.  

On the strength of the Championship: "What is very interesting for this season is that it's wide open," Bamba told Sky Sports News. "I don't think, maybe apart from Leeds, there is a standout [team] where you say they are definitely [going to be up there].

On playing at Elland Road then having to play in smaller grounds: "That's the key if you manage to get a good result in big grounds like Leeds then a smaller ground like Luton then that is where you are going to be successful."

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and Derby County manager Frank Lampard watch on during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at...

It could be argued that Leeds are the favourites to earn promotion to the Premier League, but there are a number of high-quality teams in the second tier.

From relegated Fulham to Stoke City, who will no doubt want to spend in the summer and want to improve on their serious below-par finish last time out, it is going to be a tough one to call. 

In previous seasons, teams that have been beaten in the playoffs have gone on to pick themselves up and earn promotion, i.e. Fulham and Aston Villa last season. 

Jack Grealish (10) of Aston Villa and Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith celebrate after winning the EFL Championship Play-Off Final  during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between...

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