Patrick Bamford insists Leeds United still put pressure on against Premier League's top sides

Patrick Bamford insists Leeds United put the same pressure on themselves against the Premier League's top teams just as they do everyone else.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 2:41 pm
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford. Pic: Getty

Marcelo Bielsa's outfit have enjoyed two strong results against Manchester City and Liverpool in their last two domestic outings.

The Whites claimed an unlikely win at the Etihad two weeks ago over the runaway top flight leaders before claiming a point against the reigning champions at Elland Road on Monday night.

Leeds now face arch rivals Manchester United this weekend in LS11 - with the Red Devils sitting second in the standings - as they host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on Sunday afternoon.

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Bamford says that while not many outside of Elland Road put any expectation on results against the so-called top six teams, Bielsa's men still put inward pressure on themselves.

"Whilst it's the games that there's not really that much pressure on because everyone expects the Liverpools and Man Citys to win, we still put pressure on ourselves," Bamford told the Official Leeds United podcast.

"Against City we felt like we could get something out of the game and then to win it in the way we did. I said to Kalvin on the walk [before Liverpool], I feel like we can do these tonight, I feel like if we get at these we can win.

"I think that was the feeling throughout the group. I was really frustrated that we hadn't won. I know the first half they deserved it but the second half we had them up against the wall."

Asked about United's fitness levels under Bielsa this term, he said: "I don't think there's as many teams as fit as us.

"You could possibly say Liverpool are one of the teams who have our level of fitness but the fact that they're playing so many games is going to take a toll on them.

"Out of the teams playing the same amount of games as us I don't think there's anyone close to our fitness levels."