THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN says the pressure placed upon opposite number Carlos Carvalhal is a “normal situation” ahead of Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday.
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Owls boss Carvalhal is facing questions about his future with 14th-placed Wednesday approaching the clash with Leeds following back to back losses at Birmingham City and at home to Steel City rivals Sheffield United who sit second.
The Owls have picked up just one point from their last three games despite being among the leading fancies for promotion after finishing fourth last season before losing in the play-offs semi-finals against eventually promoted Huddersfield Town.
But Christiansen says the situation facing Carvalhal is nothing new in football with the Whites head coach drawing on the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich boss after Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as an example of the volatile nature of the game.
“I don’t know the club and I don’t know the pressure he will have,” said Christiansen of Carvalhal.
This is normal in football that after some defeats that you are going to have the pressure on you to turn the situation and this is what they demand from him – to have a win against us.Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen on counterpart, Carlos Carvalhal
“But this is normal in football that after some defeats that you are going to have the pressure on you to turn the situation and this is what they demand from him – to have a win against us.
“It’s a normal situation. Ancelotti was sacked the other day after a 3-0 loss against a very good team and probably one of the best in the world but this is the things that they demand and what they want and what they get.”
Carvalhal, meanwhile, does not believe that a victory against Leeds is a must to keep his job.
“One win and one draw doesn’t make a good or bad coach,” he said.
“I understand the fast food society nowadays but I don’t feel a pressure that if I lose a game, something will happen to me. I don’t think like that.
“We have achieved two play-offs and the third best rating in Sheffield Wednesday history in the last 50 years so that is the base of my work.
“I’m not afraid of anything. I’m very calm, confident and trying to get my players to enjoy the game.”