Christiansen targets swift turnaround as Leeds United aim to halt slump

Thomas Christiansen. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Thomas Christiansen. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN vowed to turn Leeds United’s slump around with a badly-needed victory this weekend as owner Andrea Radrizzani spoke out in defence of his head coach.

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Christiansen received the backing of Radrizzani after a 2-1 loss to Derby County on Tuesday left the Leeds boss facing up to a run of results which has knocked United out of the Championship’s play-off places.

The Elland Road club dropped to seventh in the table after last night’s fixtures, the effect of six defeats in eight games, and an under-pressure Christiansen was honest in describing Saturday’s trip to Brentford as a match which Leeds “need the win” following Derby’s late victory. Christiansen was Radrizzani’s choice as head coach following the Italian’s takeover of United in May, part of an overhaul of playing and coaching staff at Elland Road, and he has been in charge for just 19 competitive games.

Tuesday’s meeting with Derby was influenced by two dubious penalty decisions which went against Leeds and Radrizzani offered support to Christiansen on Twitter afterwards, saying: “I hear all your disappointment for the negative results but I feel proud to be @LUFC. We played well and deserved much more.

“You can all watch the footage and make your judgement. It’s time to support even more. We are building a solid project. I believe in my team.”

Andrea Radrizzani

Andrea Radrizzani

Christiansen cut an exasperated figure at his post-match press conference, but said: “I believe there’s not a big difference between the bad moments and the good moments.

“We saw it. We controlled the game, we had opportunities to score and also opportunities not to lose.

“I cannot say anything for the players. They tried to do their best. We have to perform a little bit better, going a little bit stronger, but I cannot complain about the behaviour of the team.

“It will come. On Saturday we have to take the three points.”

You can all watch the footage and make your judgement. It’s time to support even more. We are building a solid project. I believe in my team.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

Kalvin Phillips and Gaetano Berardi are set to return to contention at Griffin Park after completing suspensions during the clash with Derby.

Suspension-free midfielder, Kalvin Phillips. PIC Simon Hulme

Suspension-free midfielder, Kalvin Phillips. PIC Simon Hulme