Leeds United and Bristol City will be aiming to finish in the Championship’s top-six at the end of the season.
Lee Johnson has made it clear that he is staying away from any talk regarding Bristol City’s open training session and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The Bristol City boss was jokingly asked whether Bielsa could be in the crowd watching his opening training session following the Spygate saga of last season, and he claimed that if he said anything then he would get pelters from opposition fans.
In June, Johnson couldn’t help but aim a dig at Leeds in regards to the Spygate saga after it was announced that his team would face Leeds on the opening day of the new season, as quoted by the Bristol Post.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (30/07/2019 at 10:50 am), Johnson shared that his previous comments resulted in him getting a lot of stick as he offered his thoughts on coming up against Leeds this Sunday.
On putting on an opening training session: “Probably for the parents because the kids are off school,” Johnson told Sky Sports News. “It’s good for just to buy a couple of hours. Seeing the lads at close hand. It’ quite unique in the sense that it’s difficult to go and see a professional side at close quarters.
On whether Bielsa could be in the crowd: “I’m not saying anything. The last time I made a joke, I got absolutely peltered on Twitter, so I am going to leave it.
On preparing for Leeds with only pre-season analysis to go on: “I think you get into the midset of the manager’s style. We know the players and the individuals because Leeds are quite established in the Championship. I think we will be well prepared, as they will be.”
Pre-season preparations have finished as Leeds will now travel down to Ashton Gate this Sunday to prepare for yet another gruelling Championship campaign.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if both teams are sitting in the top-six come the end of the season because they both have the qualities to earn promotion to the Premier League.
Last season, Johnson’s side narrowly missed out on a play-off place, whilst Sheffield United pipped Leeds to the automatic places.
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