Nottingham Forest v Leeds United: Christiansen expects Forest to last promotion course

Quick reunion.: Liam Bridcutt swapped Leeds United for Nottingham Forest earlier this week. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
Quick reunion.: Liam Bridcutt swapped Leeds United for Nottingham Forest earlier this week. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
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HEAD COACH Thomas Christiansen believes Saturday’s hosts Nottingham Forest will emerge as a strong rival to Leeds United in the club’s promotion bid.

Christiansen’s men will head to the City Ground unbeaten but still one place below fourth-placed Forest who have won three of their first four league games under new boss Mark Warburton.

Thomas Christiansen, Leeds United head coach. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Thomas Christiansen, Leeds United head coach. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

The Reds also took the scalp of newly-promoted Premier League outfit Newcastle United in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup second-roundtie at St James’ Park.

Forest’s side could feature former Whites skipper Liam Bridcutt who moved to the City Ground on Tuesday and Christiansen expects the Nottinghamshire side to be a key opponent in this season’s promotion race to the Premier League.

“I believe they will be one of the teams that we have to be with and deal with if we want to be in the upper part,” said Christiansen.

“They have done very well at the beginning of the season, I saw them a little bit last season and they didn’t finish well but from my point of view it’s now a totally different view that I have of Nottingham from last season to this one.”

I believe they will be one of the teams that we have to be with and deal with if we want to be in the upper part.

Thomas Christiansen

Christiansen, though, believes there is also plenty of improvement to come from his own side who have made 13 new signings over the summer transfer window.

“This is just the start,” said the Dane.

“We have a lot of things to work on and improve but of course I have to be honest in that it’s been a good start.

“It’s a good start and we are unbeaten but, of course, if I expected that then I would always expect to win but in football that’s impossible.

“Right now it’s important to enjoy this moment but the team has to keep on believing and having the confidence in themselves when they go to the games.

“This is my message to the players, always.

“I believe we can win all of the games. It’s also possible to lose them but our intention will always be to go for the three points.”

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