Leeds United: Cellino is proud of new-look Whites

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino said he was “proud” of Uwe Rosler’s players and delighted to be back inside Elland Road after watching the club fall narrowly short of an opening-day win over Burnley.

Cellino praised a “fresh team” and said there was “nothing to regret” following the late equaliser which denied Leeds victory at Elland Road on Saturday.

Massimo Cellino.

Massimo Cellino.

The Italian attended his first match since completing the ownership ban imposed on him by the Football League last season and a brilliant Mirco Antenucci goal looked to have earned United a 1-0 win seven minutes from time.

Burnley, who were relegated from the Premier League in May, responded through a Sam Vokes header three minutes later but Cellino cut a satisfied figure as he analysed the club he bought in April 2014.

“I loved it because I was out for six months without seeing a game,” the Italian said. “Burnley played to not let us play. That’s good for us. Two beautiful goals came from good strikers, not because of defensive mistakes, and ours was down to pure football skill. There was nothing to regret.

“Burnley were very much scared of us today. They just focused on not letting us play football and that is something that makes me proud. It means that the coach of Burnley (Sean Dyche) understands football. They knew it was a very dangerous game for them.”

Writing in the matchday programme on Saturday, Cellino talked up Rosler’s ability, describing his head coach as “someone with experience in the Championship, who can get the best out of the players no matter where they are from.”

Cellino also hinted that further signings were possible, saying: “We will continue to strengthen our squad when the right players become available.”

Leeds spent more than £2m on the signing of striker Chris Wood last month and invested £1.3m in winger Stuart Dallas last week.

Speaking at full-time, Cellino said: “It’s a long season. It’s tough in the Championship. I don’t know (about further signings), let’s see. It’s a fresh team, we have changed players and they are growing. Every day they change. We can get much better with Dallas and (Sam) Byram down the wings.

“I think it is better to have 20 good players than 50 average players. If you have too many players it can make things difficult. We’re still building the confidence, the class, everything.”

Rosler also revealed that he was continuing to monitor the transfer market after making Dallas his seventh signing.

“We’re always looking to improve the team, whether that’s buying a player or loaning a player with the option to buy,” he said. “When the right player become available for the right price, I think we’re still capable of doing something.”

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