HEAD COACH Thomas Christiansen says Leeds United’s players must “keep believing” in their own ability, insisting only “small details” are preventing the club from rising back up the league.
Christiansen’s side led the Championship after going unbeaten through their first seven games, five of which resulted in wins. A run of six defeats from the club’s last seven has seen United tumble down the table into seventh but Christiansen believes only fine margins are to blame for his team’s slide in form.
The Dane has also re-affirmed his confidence in the squad at his disposal, insisting his current crop of players are definitely good enough to finish in the top six.
Christiansen reasoned: “There is frustration if you play very bad, nothing works with the things that you are doing or you don’t believe in the coach in what he is doing and what his plan is.
“But when you see that the plan is done or they almost do it 100 per cent, that means they compromise with the ideas of the coach and the club and this is the most important thing, that we are standing together and that will make us much stronger in a difficult moment.
“Many of the things that I have insisted on in the long term have been seen so this is a positive to me that if we put it all together then I believe we are in the right way.
Many of the things that I have insisted on in the long term have been seen so this is a positive to me that if we put it all together then I believe we are in the right wayLeeds United coach, Thomas Christiansen
“Of course, the results mark if you are doing well or if you are doing wrong but personally I am satisfied with how things are running for the understanding but I can never be satisfied with the bad results that we have had.”
Asked what his players needed to do in order to arrest the slide, Christiansen said: “Keep on believing. Keep working and as I have said to them, it’s small details that makes the difference in this league. If you make two mistakes you can be punished and that can be enough to lose the game.
“But it’s not that I disagree or that I don’t like what I see on the pitch with the ideas that we work with and what we plan.
“Of course, when you have the confidence, things are running more smoothly and you see it in the players.
“But in this situation that we are in now which is negative from the results, I see it still as very positive and this is why I believe there will be a turn soon.”
Asked if he felt the current squad were good enough to finish in the top six or if United would need major reinforcements in January, Christiansen replied: “I believe it’s good enough.”