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  1. Rashford amazing form so far has put him among the candidates for the golden ball. It will be huge for the club 's reputation if he manages to win this award.
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    Leeds lethal weapon remained among the top three premier league players.
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    And Leeds coach among the top three coaches
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    The board continues to love our hero!
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    And they wanted to prove their support by giving him a present.
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    Despite the opponent 's big name , Smith decided to rotate his squad for the clash with City for the EFL and the boys that came in got a big win.
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    Next opponent West Brom
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    Unfortunately Liverpool was better than us and as a result we had our first loss in the Premier.
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    United took full advantage of our latest bad form in the Premier and things look difficult for the tittle. We have a long way to go but if they keep on going like that the will secure the tittle easily.
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    Our opponent for the FA Cup. If United continue their amazing form perhaps it would be better to try and win the two cups EFL and FA.
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    Last game for the champions league group stage and we managed to put on a show for our fans who packed the stadium! Capobianco looks like he is finding his form again.
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    Back to winning days for the premier even though we made it very difficult for ourselves.
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    However we did not manage to achieve a second win in a row. Arsenal was gaining on us and we had to be very careful if we want to stay in second place.
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    A huge away win which was combined with United second loss in the Premier. Rashford returned to scoring days and even though Arsenal pushed us a lot in the last minutes we managed to hold our lead.
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  2. We were about to end 2027 and Leeds had to give two games in just 4 days time ! It was going to be a hard task for Smith to keep his team fresh and get as many points as he could.

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    Despite the poor score, Leeds played very well in the away game against Derby. Smith decided to rotate the squad in view of the upcoming game against Tottenham. The boys that came in did the job wonderful !

    Unfortunately though Leeds' main goalkeeper had a serious injury and it was time for youngster James to step up. Everyone was keen to see if he had what it takes.

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    Tottenham was supposed to be a hard opponent but eventually the game was like a walk in the park !

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    More of the same for Rashford. In top three again.

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    And for Leeds coach as well !

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    Another easy win for Leeds. Kieran Tierney has been performing very well so far. Even though he was considered a backup player and he was on the verge of leaving Elland Road during the previous season, Smith decided to keep him and the Scottish showed to his coach that he made the right decision.

    After Tierney 's great game , Smith decided to say yes in Bayern 's offer for his main left back. Ooijen was top class but he was getting injury prone and that 54 million euros was very tempting.
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    The squad however did not agreed with Mr. Smith. However after talking to them Alan gave his promise that he was going to enforce the team. After all, he above all did not want to see Leeds getting weaker.

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    The team remained focused despite all the fuss that created after the selling of Ooijen, passed easily from Leicester and continued to the FA Cup.

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    And did the same with West Brom for the EFL Cup. The final was one game away !

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    Rasford was the first player that disagreed with Smith 's decision to sell Ooijen. However in the game against Middlesbrough showed what a great professional he is and gave the victory to his team. With that three points Leeds remained five points behind United with one game less though. Yes the Red Devils had started to loose some points ! We were back in the race for the championship tittle !

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  3. After viewing many scouting reports , Smith finally decided which player to buy in order to fill up the vacant place of the second left back. The talented manager after seeing Tierney impressive performances did not want to shadow him by buying a player who would send the Scottish to the bench but a youngster who could learned a lot from him.
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    He has some very good stats and if he is determined to put some hard work in the training ground he could developed into a very good player for the future.

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ID:	1137646 Our next opponent for the FA Cup and a chance for some rotation. So far lady luck is with us this year and the team has had some very good draws. However all that must be proved on the pitch as well.

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ID:	1137647Another good performance by Tierney. This time his goal gave Leeds the win against Stoke a team which always causes Smith many troubles. However the team did not created so many chances and perhaps Leeds tactic needs some tweaking.

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ID:	1137648 "It is okay to loose but it is not acceptable to surrender like that ! You made it to easy for them and I am excepting better performances from all of you in the future". Leeds' manager slammed his team in the dressing rooms after the bad result against Everton , a team that is struggling this year and it 's on the verge of relegation.

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ID:	1137649 We lost the chance to narrow the gap from United into just three points and we threw it away...

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ID:	1137650 In the game against West Brom, Smith decided to do some changes in the tactic and also a little bit of rotation. Leeds controlled the game and got the win which led them to the final of the EFl Cup. Perhaps it was time for Leeds manager to start using this new tactic (4-2-3-1 DM wide ) in order to confuse his opponents who were starting to find ways to confront his 4-1-2-2-1 tactic that was using so far.

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ID:	1137651 Leicester was going to be our opponent for the EFL Cup final. We were considered us favorites for this game but everything can happen in a final. We would have to be 100% focused.

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ID:	1137652 The game against Wycombe was not the ideal one for conclusions on the new tactic since there was a large distance between the two teams. However the team 's performance and especially Capobianco, was encouraging.

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ID:	1137654An amazing performance after so long for Leeds ! Smith 's team demolished City and if his players where more concentrated the score could have even bigger. The citizens were at a loss and that made them lose their temper. As a result the finished the game with nine players.

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ID:	1137655 We continue to do well and put one more win in the bag. Our new formation made us look more dangerous upfront and we are starting to get goals from more players like Onomah who was lethal in that game.

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ID:	1137656United won the Roses and extend their lead to nine points. Even though we manage to draw the game late in the first half, they returned more determined and took the lead. 2-1 was the final score and now matter how hard Smith tried from the bench United looked unbeatable. In fact the score could have been bigger since the Red Devils counter attacks had been extremely dangerous.

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ID:	1137766 All the odds were with Leeds for this match and everybody were anticipating an easy victory. However Bournemouth came down to play and they almost made it. Smith tactical changes brought the win and Leeds fans returned home happy. What a game that was !

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ID:	1137767Another tight game for Leeds and one more narrow win. The result however was more important since we manage to qualify to the next round of the FA Cup.

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ID:	1137768 Wolves was going to be our next opponent.

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ID:	1137769 Leeds traveled to Scotland for the first game of the Champions League first knock round. Aberdeen defended very well and managed to keep us away from their goalkeeper. A goalless draw is always a tricky result and we would have to be extra careful in the second game.

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ID:	1137771 Onomah stepped up and gave Leeds the EFL trophy ! A wonderful performance from our attacking midfielder and a cup fro Leeds after long time! Well done boys !

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ID:	1137773 EFL cup review.

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ID:	1137774 And while we were playing for the final , this happened. Smith wondered if there is someone else except Leeds who could win United. They demolish every opponent they face !

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ID:	1137775 United scored seven goals against City and we could not win Hull, who played most of the second half with ten players. We have no chance of winning the tittle with results like that.

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ID:	1137776 One more late draw in our home against Watford despite the fact that we dominated the game.They scored a goal with just shots on target...

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ID:	1137777 A totally equal game against Wolves for the FA Cup. This time we were lucky to get away with the win even though we had just two shots on target.

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ID:	1137778 Next opponent was going to be Southampton.

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ID:	1137779 Another heartbreaking game but at least we won and manage to continue to the next round of the champions league. The good news were that Leeds defended perfectly since our opponent did not have any attempt on goal !

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ID:	1137780 Porto was our next obstacle.

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ID:	1137781 At last a comfortable win after so long. Rashford was brilliant and we did not let West Ham to threat us. This time Leeds combined good defensive play with accurate finishing in attack.

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ID:	1137782 Perhaps it was too late for tittle dreams though. United continued to extend the lead by taking advantage of every point we dropped. They were eleven points ahead and their fans were getting ready for one more tittle celebrations.

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ID:	1137896 It took him some time to adjust to his new team but Onomah is starting to show what a quality player he is. The experienced attacking midfielder not only creates many chances but he has begun to score some beautiful goals as well !

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ID:	1137897 Due to injuries , Smith had to use Stones as a right wingback and the 33rd old player was more than good in this position and helped Leeds to escape with the win from Portugal. A good win in the the champions league second knock out round. Everybody was anticipating the second game now!

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ID:	1137906 Despite the fact that everybody in Leeds team had the second game against Porto in the back of their minds, Smith and his boys did the job in the away game against Burnley. Three more points in the bag!

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ID:	1137898 Rashford was once again amazing ! His performance brought Leeds just two games before the champions league final!

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ID:	1137900 Juventus was going to be our next opponent. It was going to be two hard games since it is never easy to knock an Italian club. They are masters in getting the results they want.

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ID:	1137899 It was a breath taking game. Leeds took the lead with Rashford but the Reds manage to get the equalizer. Onomah steped us and gave us the lead again but Liverpool scored again just few minutes before the end. Smith then ordered his players to attack with everything they had. A cross into the opponent 's area , Rashford won the ball and gave the assist to Burke who scored the winning goal!

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ID:	1137901 Just two words for you , Marcus Rashford!!

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ID:	1137902 We managed to narrow the gap from United but still they are way ahead of us.

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ID:	1137903 With the first clash with Juventus being just two days after Smith decided to rotate his squad. Participating in the FA Cup was important but the champions league was of course a bigger occasion. However Leeds back players and especially Da Silva (who has agreed to leave Elland Road in the end of this season) took the opportunity and smashed the "Saints".

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ID:	1137904 The final was going to be a great show !

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ID:	1137987 After a meeting with between the board and Smith, Leeds decided to set up a link with Dutch club Heerenveen. Smith's scouter all this years had been finding quality players but Leeds could not buy them since they were not able to gain work permit. So now this deal could help Leeds a lot in the future.

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ID:	1137988 That draw put an end in Leeds tittle hopes for this season.

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ID:	1137989Hats off to them. They were great all season and fully deserved to finish first and preserve the tittle.

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ID:	1137990Smith was once again in top three but in the end it did not matter since his team lost the tittle battle. However they gave a good battle. United did not won this easily like the previous seasons and next year things maybe will be different.

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ID:	1137991That game was more important than the tittle battle since United had a secured lead. Leeds traveled to Italy with one goal lead but Juventus manage to turn this around easily during the first 30 minutes of the game. However Montes scored a golden goal and Leeds took the advantage in the aggregate. That goal from the Mexican defender change the whole game. Smith 's players believed in their selves again and manage a huge come back which led them to the final ! What a game and what an effort from Smith and his boys! They did not give up and they fully deserved this!

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ID:	1137992 Everybody in Elland road had begun to count the days for this huge game!
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ID:	1138150 We were going to face United in the champions league as well. So far the tradition in the games against the red Devils is not with Leeds. However the final is just one game and everything could happen.

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ID:	1138152 We were very lucky in the game against the Spurs but we got the draw and kept a secure lead against Arsenal who lied in third position. We lost the tittle battle but we wanted to hang on to that second place.

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ID:	1138154 Leeds players were starting to think about the two finals against United and the faced these last games as an obligation. It least this time they managed to win.

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ID:	1138158 The last game for the premier league and Leeds gave a good show in front of their fans. The crowd gave the players a warm applause in the end of the game and wished them luck in the two huge upcoming games against their biggest rival !

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ID:	1138159 The final wrap of the season. We were better than last year and finished close to the champions but still we had a long way to go until we take away their crown. Let's hope next season it 's going to be our time.

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ID:	1138163 He had been wonderful throughout the season and he fully deserved this award !

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ID:	1138166 He had been lethal as well !

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ID:	1138167 Another recognition for Leeds this year.




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ID:	1138169 The FA Cup final had been a nightmare for Leeds and a walk in the park for United. Even though we manage to score the equalizer with a beautiful goal from Straton they were far more better and they won with style. We came for the first battle but we were not a serious threat for them. United won easily and seemed that they had the upper hand for the champions league final as well.

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ID:	1138170 Before this big game , Leeds coach Mr. Smith advice his players to forget what happened a week ago and show to whole world that they were the better team . However United started the game brilliant and took an early two goal lead. But our leader Marcus Rashford did not want to leave the field with his head down. He score his first goal and managed to tie the game in the last minutes with a wonderful free kick. The game went to overtime but nothing changed since both teams looked exhausted. In the penalty shootout Leeds goalkeeper was our hero. He managed to save two penalties and in the end Leeds managed to lift the champions league trophy. A glorious day for Smith and his boys ! they would celebrate this for a very long time! Marcus Rashford was the man of the match and his photo running to hug his coach with tears running from his eyes became headline in every Sport newspaper around the world !
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ID:	1138177 A memorable season for Leeds in the champions league !

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ID:	1138178 Almost half of the dream team of this season consisted of Leeds players!

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ID:	1138179 Leeds annual season awards. Smith has created a great team this season even though they did not end up as champions in the premier league.

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ID:	1138180 Season overview with the home win against our big rivals considered as the best result.

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ID:	1138181The board continues to love our hero.

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ID:	1138183 Rashford continues to win awards. Smith 's decision to bring him to Elland road uplifted Leeds to whole new level. Bad call for Mourinho to put him in the transfer list during the previous summer. Thank you Jose!

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ID:	1138184 A final game in which Leeds will not face United. What a surprise!

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ID:	1138185 Here they are again !

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ID:	1138187 Leeds continue to grow as a club. No one could have expect this back in 2016 !



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  10. Since there isn't much interest for this story I will cut back on the frequency of my updates. I will post a monthly update showing the league table and the results of every month. Merry Christmas to all and I wish you the best for the new year !!!
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  11. August

    During the summer preparation Leeds gave some friendly matches in order for the players to build their physical condition and to bond as a team. Smith 's boys did it quite well.
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    In order for Leeds manager to strengthen his squad three new players were brought in Elland road. Smith did an expensive shopping in order to keep the balance with the expenses some players had to leave and seek their luck elsewhere.
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    A glance to our new stars.
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    Two big finals were the two first official games for Leeds for this season. The fans hoped for a new trophy but unfortunately Leeds came home empty handed. However, the team started well in the league with two big wins and an away draw against Tottenham in the New White Hart Lane. If Smith's players had been more careful that draw could have been a win since the Spurs got the equalizer in the last minutes of the game.
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    Another noticeable event in August was the draw for the upcoming champions league. Leeds effort to defend its tittle was going to start from this group.
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    After the first three games , the league table in the Premier League was like this.
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  12. Massive money spent on Pereira, hopefully he can form a good partnership with Rashford and fire you to the title!
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  13. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Massive money spent on Pereira, hopefully he can form a good partnership with Rashford and fire you to the title!
    I agree that he was an expensive buy but the money was there for me to spend them ha ha ! So far he is great and as you can from his stats he is my best player and the team 's leading scorer (Rashford has one goal less). Let's hope he will continue in the same pace!
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  14. September

    September was a busy month for Leeds and Allan Smith. Together with the games for the premier , the team gave matches for the champions league group stage (in an attempt to defend its tittle) and the EFL Cup as well. There were some bad results some good results and some unexpected results.

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    In the champions league , Leeds managed to get a good start with two wins in their first two games. In a group consisted of A.C. Milan , RBL and Austria Wien , Smith and his boys won the big favorite for the first place of the group (Milan) in an entertaining home game and the weakest team of the group in a big away win in Vienna. What was very encouraging was the fact that Leeds score seven goals in these two matches and did not conceive any !

    In the Premier despite the good start, the team could get more points judging from the teams that was up against. Despite the fact that Leeds managed a good home in the big encounter with Chelsea and continued with an away against Middlesbrough the upcoming results was a bad home draw with Norwich and a shocking loss from Sheffield United , a team that was lying in the last places of the table.

    One more noticeable but also bad result was the loss in the EFL Cup. Unfortunately Leeds did not manage to win "Boro" second time in a row.

    So with September kissing us goodbye the league table was like this...
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  15. October and November

    Another two months were Leeds had its ups and downs. Smith was still trying to find the proper tactic for thee team and the proper roles for the players in order for Leeds to overcome its rivals and reach the first place of the premier league. But when a coach frequent changes things in his team he cannot succeed harmony and balance, two basic factors for consistency which is the key to success in a marathon like the premier league.

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    Leeds may have managed a big win against City (they are not doing so good in the league up till now but remain a strong team) but they had two shocking losses from Hull and Newcastle which kept them away from first place. In the Roses game , despite the fact that Leeds looked more fresh in the field Man. United took the early lead and at the end of the game everybody admitted that Smith and his boys were lucky to get away with the draw.

    At least this year the Red Devils look a bit vulnerable in compare to the previous season. They have already suffered two losses and three draws and that gives the league a new interesting since Tottenham, with a very good performance up till now is on top.
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    In the champions league , Leeds is dominating its group with five wins in five games and that 100% success has put them in first place.
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    last but least. in October 20th , Leeds manager Allan Smith reached his 700th game in his favorite team bench. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he entered the field before the start of the game against Hull in a very emotional moment.
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  16. December

    We had reached December and it was time for Leeds to start its preparation for the Club World Championship. Smith however feared that this competition could heart his team in the future. The extra effort that the players would have to show in the upcoming match for the premier league, were Leeds would have to play many games close to each other could exhaust the team. In any case challenging for this cup and winning it is always helpful to the team's name. Leeds has managed to grow amazingly as a club during these twelve year with Smith on charge and has manage to do that by winning trophies. So was to up to the team manager to find the balances and make the proper rotation.

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    Leeds managed two wins in their last game before the World Club Championship with the one against Milan been the bigger result. Smith and his boys finished the group stage undefeated and looked good for defending their tittle. In the two main game for this month Leeds achieved two wins and won the World Club Championship for the second time in their history. The most remarkable fact was that Smith's team secured the win in the final in the penalty shoot out after a thrilling encounter with ATM where Leeds managed to send the game to overtime with a goal scored in the last minutes of the regular game.

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    In their return to England and to the premier , Leeds got three wins in the four games they gave until the end of 2028 and the most remarkable game was the one with Arsenal. Former Leeds attacker Pedro Martin gave his team a two goal lead in the first half but when the two team returned from the dressing rooms Smith boys looked a totally different team and they managed tremendous comeback. One more big result was the big win against Tottenham. The Spurs have been performing very well this season and are among the teams that will fight for the tittle and that win against them was considered to be a very important result. However the loss in the game against Everton was a bad one since it gave the opportunity to Man. United to extend its lead in first place. Yes the Red Devils had returned in their natural position and looked good for securing one more consecutive tittle.

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  17. January 2029

    The first month of the new year has been a busy month for Leeds and Allan Smith. The peacocks needed something new in order to try and still the tittle from Man. United and that meant alternations in tactic and perhaps some new faces in the team. Smith sat down with his associates in order to discuss one or two tweaks in the tactic area. Leeds would have to be more aggressive in their games if they wanted to fight for the championship crown. As a result Leeds' coaching staff came to the decision that they will use a more attacking 4-4-2 formation and a more conservative 4-2-3-1. After all they had just the players for these two formations. Moreover they decided that they needed to get rid of players that were not longer necessary and perhaps bring a new face to help them in the attacking area.

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    The most noticeable departure was the one of John Stones. The experienced center back has had a marvelous performance last year but up till now he had not been able to help the team that much. His big wage was also a problem that needed to be solved. As a result Stones left Elland Road. After the selling of Stones Leeds brought in a former player , Ricardo Franzenburg. The German was considered to be a wonderkid when he was bought by Smith but he did not leave up to the expectations and eventually was sold to Roma. The Italian club did help him either and he was relished when his contract ended. Reading gave him an opportunity and he finally started to shown signs of quality. Smith started to have seconds thoughts about him. After all his stats showed that he was able to play in almost every position in attack. So he decided to give on more chance.

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    His return to Leeds was one of biggest deals during this transfer period.
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    Leeds made one more buy but this time for the future, since young Romanian Raescu will join the peacocks in the Summer.
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    As it was mentioned above, Leeds' manager wanted to bring something in the team's tactics as well. His new thoughts had been very helpful since the team ,and especially Rashford in his new role as a false nine managed to tear apart every opponent defense.
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    Rashford scored a hat trick in the game against "Boro" and four goals in the one against Sunderland. Not only that but he manage to create quite a lot goals for his teammates as well. That performance gave him the player of the month award.
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    Leeds players impressive play brought the team back in second place and seven points behind Man. United. The peacocks looked powerful and ready to give the final fight for the tittle.
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    PS : If anyone is interest in testing these two tactics and provide me with any feedback please do so (I think that I have manage to add them as attachments, if not please inform me on how to do it).
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  18. February 2029

    In February Leeds showed that it is not Manchester United their biggest opponent but themselves ! The peacocks managed to win only one of the five games they gave this month. After the big win against Bournemouth it was nothing more than a downhill. And if the fans could understand that an away loss against City is considered to be a reasonable result, a home draw against Hull (the last team in premier up till now), is surely not.

    The team looked tired and lacked creativity. Moreover the fact that Leeds' best defender Mexican Cesar Montes had been out for a month made the peacocks extremely vulnerable in the back. Tyler and Onovo are considered hot prospects for the future but maybe it is too soon for them to start both in the first eleven. The conclusion that came out from this matches was that the first thing that Smith is going to look in the summer will be one more top class defender to team up with Montes and the other two youngster will be there to offer when a rotation in the back is needed.

    It had not been just the premier though. Leeds gave their first game for the first knock out of the champions league were they lost too. SLB looked pretty strong in Portugal and Smith had to find a way to make his team more dangerous in the second game.

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  19. March 2029

    In March, Leeds gave four games and the most noticeable one was the big victory against SLB which allowed the peacocks to continue to the next round of the champions league. Smith and his boys not only won the game but the did it with style. That 5-1 win was really something! However that away draw against Man United destroyed Leeds last hopes for winning the league. To be honest not many things could have changed if Leeds had won that game but that result put an end to the championship battle for good.

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    The two remaining goals until the end of the season was finishing second in order to receive a bigger money award and trying to defend the champions league tittle.
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  20. April 2029

    Despite the fact that Smith and his boys managed to win every game in the premier in April maintaining second place was not going to be an easy task. Chelsea looked very strong and in better physical condition than Leeds. Every remaining game was considered to be a final and with Chelsea having a game less everybody in Elland Road looked anxious. In the champions league Tottenham kicked the peacocks out despite the fact that Leeds was the favorite before the two games and we had the upper hand from the 2-2 draw from the first game in the new White Hart Lane. Spurs played perfectly in Elland Road and manage to get the goal they wanted which gave them the ticket to the next round. Smith and his boys tried hard to get the golden equalizer but the end of game find them with their heads down. Everybody knew that defending the champions league was not going to be easy but losing a game like this especially when you have manage to have all the odds with you is like a kick in the teeth...

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    Rashford and Pereira our best players so far picked the worst period to play badly and they did help their team in the two important games against Tottenham. Not only that but they were the two worst players of the whole squad. Burke and our other striker Gomes tried really hard but their efforts were not enough.
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  21. Still so close, yet so far! Might need another top player or two to push you over the edge next season
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Still so close, yet so far! Might need another top player or two to push you over the edge next season
    You are right on that Patrick. And I am planning to get these players in the upcoming transfer window. One other thing is that changed the team's formation a lot and that cost me in the so called easy games. Maybe I will try to stick to one tactic in the next season and see what this will lead. Once again thanks for following mate !
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  23. May 2029

    Manchester United managed to keep its crown and this time they did that a lot easier than last year. We were close to them until December but crucial injuries in the start of the second round hurt the team bad. Smith has created a strong team but still not strong enough to fight as equal against the Red Devils until the end. This marathon showed that Leeds needed to have more quality alternatives in the bench and the manager had to do some serious moves in order for the peacocks to have the appropriate depth as a squad. And to make thing even worse Chelsea knocked us out from second place in the three remaining games before the end of this season championship. Improvements needed to be made. At least we managed to close the season with a clean win against Liverpool something that pleased our fans.

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    Manchester United looked more "human" this season but we did not get advantage of that.

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    Since we were not such a strong opponent, they continued their dynasty.
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    And won the FA Cup as well.
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    However they lost in the champions league final. Spurs won the big game and lifted the cup. Hats off to them. They were better than us and proved it by knocking us out.
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  24. Leeds season overview

    Leeds biggest highlight for this year was winning the world club championship tittle. Smith managed to give to his favorite team one more trophy but in his mind this has been a bad season and he needed to think ways of improving so as to fight for the premier league tittle. What Leeds had to realize was that the two battles against United are not the ones that clinch the tittle but all the other games. Ending the season with seven loses while we had less ties than Man. United cost the championship crown. Smith knew that he had to strengthen his bench if he wanted to return to his champions league throne and of course winning the premier league and put an end in Man. United dynasty. He had found his transfer targets , he had the money so as to buy them and knew the ones that would leave in order for the new arrivals to take their place.

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    After all the board believe in our hero!
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    In many of these bad games, Gomes was there to save the day but unfortunately not in all of them.
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    Pereira, our biggest and most expensive transfer ended the season badly although his amazing start and that cost him a spot in this year Leeds top eleven. Smith however knew that this guy has enormous quality and perhaps the upcoming season will show to the world how good he really is.
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    Premier League top eleven showed why Manchester dominated for one more year.
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  25. Pre Season (June- July 2029) and transfers

    Smith wanted his team to make an greater impact this year and to achieve greater things than last season where Leeds finished third in the premiership and did not have the opportunity to defend its champions league crown. In order to that he knew that he had to strengthen his team and perhaps try something new in the tactics area. After spending hours and hours in the tactic board alongside with his coaching staff he ended up to this season 's formation. This time he had decided that he would change this shape until the end of the upcoming season. Last year frequent adjustments confused the team and Leeds ended up with nothing.

    His tactic was not going to be a usual one in order to make it hard for his opponents to face.

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    Smith wanted his team to play a quick attacking football without allowing the opponent to keep much the ball. In order to achieve that, he came up with these instructions.
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    But in order for a tactic to be considered a successful one you need the right players. The peacocks had a good team but it was important to strengthen their bench and add more quality in midfield. Walking toward this direction , Smith brought to Elland Road these players.

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    Real Madrid and Manchester fought for this guy. He wanted to leave from the previous season when Leeds was the first team which tried to negotiate with Dortmund but their coach Mauricio Pochettino was not ready to let him go. This year he had no other choice since the player had been constantly unhappy and was causing disruptions in Dortmund dressing rooms. Smith was there once again to act more quickly than the other contenders to land this world class midfield in Elland Road. His arrival cause a massive impact to Leeds fans who rushed to buy his shirt!

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    Apart from Straton, Leeds had no other player to play as a right winger. Smith tried to do that with Mohammed during the previous season but although Umar is a player who can use both feet very well he did not had much of an impact in the right wind. Polish Radoslav Stryjek was the ideal solution although that it was an expensive buy.

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    With Umar Mohammed leaving Elland Road for Liverpool , Leeds needed a new player to team up with the peacocks captain Oliver Burke in the left wing. Portugal Manuel Augusto was the one and he agreed to leave Camp Nou and Barcelona in order to join Leeds. the future will sow if he made the right choice.

    To cut a long story short, Leeds transfer this summer have been the following.
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    After his shopping Smith was keen to see how his new players would adapt to the team and the tactic as well. Leeds friendly matches had encouraging results!
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    The team looked ready for the new season and everybody hoped that it would be a successful one !
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  26. Hopefully these signings will help you make that next step, Eikrem looks exceptional! The tactic looks good too, hopefully can get the job done
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  27. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Hopefully these signings will help you make that next step, Eikrem looks exceptional! The tactic looks good too, hopefully can get the job done
    Thank you a lot Patrick! Yeah his stats are exceptional! I believe he can combine both defense and offense! As far as the tactic is concerned I believe a lot to it lets hope that it will work well!
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  28. August - Start of the new season

    Everything was ready for the new season to start. Nobody in the Leeds field was talking about winning the tittle but in their minds it was the only thing they were going to after like crazy !

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ID:	1142854 "What the [email protected] are you doing ? You let them pushing you around ! You look like you forgot how to play the game. I don't give a [email protected] if you lose tonight but get out there and show me that you have some balls !" His players listened to him and went out on the second half to turn the game around and if it had not been an unbelievable chance from Gomez in the last minutes of the game, they could have pulled off a huge comeback! "Now that 's more like it! Now I recognize you! You see? You were better than them! Believe in yourselves and in your abilities for crying out loud !

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ID:	1142858 Leeds was more concentrated this time and won that game easily Big moment for Eikrem who scored his first goal with a team and also an encouraging performance from Rashford who had been absolutely rubbish during pre season. Eveyrone hoped that this goal could wake him up. After the game, Smith called his star right winger Eugen Straton in order to express his complaints about his performance in the game. Although his performance was not good , the Romanian player did not agreed with his coach and both men had an angry talk after the game.

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ID:	1142859 Before the big game against Arsenal, Smith sat down with his staff and talked about the first eleven. The knew that the Gunners would try to close down from the very first half and Leeds needed to have good ball handlers in order to keep the ball as much as possible in order to control the game and hurt Arsenal by setting up quick counter attacks. Also Pedro Martin was going to be very hard to face if both our defenders would be tall and less agile. Having these thoughts, Smith decided to start with one short and one tall defender and also fill his midfield with players who could combine marking with passing. Leeds started the game with an early goal but Arsenal looked very dangerous. In the 60th minute of the game Smith decided to put Straton in the game. The Romanian was in the bench due to the quarrel he had with his coach in the previous game with Swansea. He was so determined to prove his worth that changed the whole game by allowing Rashford to score Leeds second goal and then he score the third goal for his team to secure the win. When he scored he ran to his coach who hugged him! They were both cheering like crazy !

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    So after the first three game of the new season the table was like this.

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    And Smith was among the top three coaches for August.

    Other news in August have been the champions league group stage draw with Leeds being in a very tough group.
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    Also the peacocks learned their first opponent for this year EFL Cup.
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  29. September review

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ID:	1143649 In the first game of the second month of this season Leeds manage to outclass Sunderland with an emphatic win. The fans did not stop to applause and cheer for their team and the players reward them with an amazing attacking performance !

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    Smith was unsure whether he should rotate his squad or not. The game against Liverpool showed he made the wrong call. The peacocks looked very tired and even though they got the lead two former Leeds players managed to change the game and gave Liverpool the win which kept the Reds in the first place of the table.

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  30. October review

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ID:	1143710 A really bad result taking into account the fact that Leeds had a comfortable two goal lead. The game ends when the referee decide to do so and the players must understand that. "If you want to be champions you must win these games easily lads. It is no use winning the big games and throw away points like that. Wake up gentlemen". Smith kept his players in the dressing room for almost an hour. He was really furious with that result.

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ID:	1143711 "Now that 's more like it! A great performance and a good result. I don't know what to do with you. If you play according to your abilities no team can stop you. But you must keep your heads to the ground and face every game like a final. When you go out hungry for the win all things fall into place". This time Leeds manager was happier than the last game. He could not stop thinking however the two bad results with Crystal Palace and Chelsea where his team threw away four valuable points in the championship battle.

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ID:	1143712 Win number two for the champions league group stage. The team looked on a good moon and the big question in Elland road was whether the peacocks could continue like this in the upcoming games.

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ID:	1143713 The odds were with Leeds and everybody anticipated an easy win. However Smith and his boys had to fight really hard to overcome Bournemouth resistance. Straton late goal awarded Leeds for not giving up and the fans left the stadium happy knowing that their beloved team manage to climb in the first place of the league table !

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ID:	1143715 Smith gave one more chance to some of his players to prove their worth to him and not to be considered as candidates for departure from Elland Road. Once again they were awful. Despite the fact that Leeds manged to take the lead after the shock of the early goal, City got back in the driver sit very easily and kicked the peacocks out of the EFL Cup and maybe sent some players in Leeds transfer list.
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  31. November review

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ID:	1144324 First game for November and Gomes with a very good attacking performance managed to send Leeds on top for the premier League. The Portuguese is lethal this year and has kicked out Marcus Rashford from the first eleven. His quickness together with his physical skills are making him a very hard opponent for the opposite defenders to tackle.

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ID:	1144327 Leeds are chasing the championship this year and Smith has decided to rotate his squad in the champions league games. However , apart from one or two games, Leeds shows depth in the bench this year and the players who are considered as second choices have made some very good performances. This win was one more example of that.

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ID:	1144333 An unfair result since the peacocks dominated the game. Tottenham felt lucky to get away with the draw. Smith had no complaints from his players. It was one of those days where the ball simply did not wanted to go in.

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ID:	1144335 Leeds has been fighting head to head with Chelsea for the first place of the premier league. That win brought Smith and his boys back on top and everyone expected to see if Chelsea could handle the pressure knowing that Leeds had won their game.


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ID:	1144331 Despite the fact that champions league is not so important this season, Leeds managed to qualify from the group stage and now Smith had one more chance for rotation since the last game against Dortmund was nothing more than a typical obligation.

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ID:	1144342 End of November and Leeds was laying in second place but very close to Chelsea. "If only we had won the game against them" Smith said to himself looking to the premier league table. But after a call that he received from the president of the team he had other more cheerful thoughts to make.

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ID:	1144343 More money to spent and time to think how Smith would enforce his team.
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ID:	1144591 During the previous years Stoke had caused many troubles to Leeds but this season the peacocks look a totally different team. Smith boys look capable of destroying every defense! A very good performance.

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ID:	1144592 The game against Dortmund was not important for Smith since his team had already achieved qualification so he rotated his team a lot. However his boys managed to get the away win in the last game of the champions league group stage.

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ID:	1144600 Next opponent for the champions league would be famous Real Madrid. Surely a huge encounter !

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ID:	1144618 What a game and what a win for Leeds !! Smith and his boys manged to complete a huge comeback against the Red Devils. Manchester got the lead in the firs half although Leeds was the better team in the field. During half time Smith tried to boost his players and they came out to dominate the game. Pereira got the equalizer with an amazing free kick and Montes ( who came in a substitute) scored the golden goal which gave Leeds the win. The Mexican defender had not been considered as a first team regular so far since his performances had not been so great. However maybe this goal will change everything.

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ID:	1144601 One more easy win for the league. Smith feared the game a lot since he believed that his team would not be so concentrated after the big win in the Roses game. His boys however did the job.

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ID:	1144628 A bad draw since Leeds created many chances but they were careless in their finishing. West ham got the point by an own goal and despite Leeds had plenty of time to try and get the lead their efforts had no result.

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ID:	1144631 In the game against Burnley, Leeds attacker were more careful and the win came easily. Gomes is having an amazing season so far ! He scores in almost every game he plays !

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ID:	1144635 Manchester had kicked out Leeds from the EFL Cup but this time it was Smith and his boys the ones who celebrated the win. It was not an easy game since Gomes got injured and with Rashford being injured as well Smith had no attacker to use. He decided to use on of right wingers Stryjek in the complete forward position. After a few minutes Straton ( Leeds other right winger) got injured as well. Stryjek returned to his natural position in the right flank and Pereira became forward. No one believed that Leeds could get something from the game but Pereira scored the winning goal. Montes (who had returned in Leeds first eleven after his goal against Man. United) looked like a rock behind and Leeds got one more big away win.

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ID:	1144641 However Gomez injury was a big blow for the team since he was going to be away for at least six weeks. At least Rashford was about to return.

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    December had been a good month for Leeds and Smith. The peacocks dominated in the premier league. The important thing however was to keep up.

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ID:	1145120 Gomez absence due to his injury has not troubled Leeds so far. The team continued to work amazingly well in offense if we take into account the fact that its best attacker is out.

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ID:	1145121 From one big win to another !!

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    The upcoming game against Arsenal for the league was a huge one. However Smith saw more of his first team players out with injuries. At least they were not serious ones but now he had to change his plans one more time.

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ID:	1145125 What a victory by Leeds. An truly remarkable comeback by the peacocks who were led by a superb Rashford. The experienced striker put one his superman costume and gave an important win to his team. Former Leeds player Martin was once more great for Arsenal but in the end his performance was not enough for the gunners.

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ID:	1145126 Sunderland fought hard for the draw but was lucky to keep the win. The team looked tires from the effort that the players put in the previous game but at least defended well in the end and left the field with another three points in their bags.

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ID:	1145127 Smith saw Eikrem to give his team the win the minute that everybody believed that 1-1 would be the final score in that game. In the press conference after the match Leeds coach admitted that his team was lucky.

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ID:	1145128 Being left with ten players early in the game and with Liverpool as your opponent? No problem. Leeds managed to play even better and got an easy win. In fact Liverpool 's coach said in the end of the game that he felt that it was his team who had one player less in the field !

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ID:	1145129 A last minute draw in the away game against Chelsea was not such a bad result , especially when Manchester United did not won its game either. Of course everybody in Leeds camp would prefer to have won this game but it is never good to be greedy!

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ID:	1145130 For the first time since Smith took over Leeds the peacocks are in first position and with such a clear lead from the other tittle contenders!

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    More awards for Leeds and Mr. Smith !

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    Everyone thought that it would be an easy game but Leicester had been the better team. The wanted more and proved it on the pitch. Goodbye FA Cup...

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    However Leeds managed to put aside the disappointment from the FA Cup game and returned to wins in the Premier League.

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    A bad draw which did not allowed the peacocks to extend their lead from Manchester United.

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    Gomez returned from his injury hungry for goals and with a dominating performance gave Leeds a huge advantage in a view of the rematch against Real Madrid for the champions league first knock out round. What a player !!

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    Still ahead but with less points this time.
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    Things were getting more and more serious. Premier League was approaching in its final stages for this season. Leeds had to remain focused if Smith and his boys want to celebrate their first championship tittle. In the game against Bournemouth the team had been clinical in front of goals and the win came easily.

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    Manchester City won a tittle after very long time.

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    One more win and three more points in the bag. Manchester United remained six points behind.

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    The score of the first game , allowed Smith to rotate his squad in view of the upcoming games for the Premier League. Leeds defended well and manage to qualify.

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    Next opponent would be Juventus.

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    Leeds managed to win the away game against Newcastle although the team's performance had been awful. Smith reminded to his players that they must remain focused and serious or else all their hard effort so far would be in vain.

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    That win secured Leeds qualification in the next season champions league. Everybody in Elland Road however want to end this season as champions so they must not stop trying to succeed that.

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    A huge improvement in the team wages will help Smith to make Leeds even more strong.

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    The end of March found Leeds in the first place with six more game until the end of the Premier League. Get in guys !!
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  36. Great work mate, fingers crossed you can bring it home!
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  37. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Great work mate, fingers crossed you can bring it home!
    It is the first time that I am so close my friend!! If I won 't make it I will quit ha ha
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    The first game that Leeds gave in April was for the champions league. The away victory for the peacocks in the clash against Juventus gave them a huge advantage. Smith had the Premier league as his first priority but know he was beginning to make dream for one more champions league tittle.

    The minute that Leeds returned home Smith had a call from the team's president...
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    Leeds schedule was very tight and the players was starting to feel very tired. However they had to keep going because that was the time that they had to push their selves if they would like to finish this season in first place. Playing good was not important any more. Winning was everything...

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    Smith awaited a more difficult game in the rematch against Juventus but his boys came to play and they did not left the Italians to breathe. That was an easy victory which led Leeds to the quarter finals.

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    Champions league cup holder was going to Leeds next opponent.

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    A wonderful season for English football since four out four teams in the quarter finals were from the Premier League !

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    A bad time for Leeds to play their worst game in the season so far. Everton could have scored more goals since all the players that Smith put in the game were acting as if they were not in the field. Chelsea and Manchester were extremely happy with that result since Leeds loss had put them back on track to steel the tittle from the peacocks.

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    What a game that was !! Manchester United players were very tired but they played perfectly and had the win in their hands until Smith 's decision to put Montes in the game. The Mexican defender was one of the worst players in the game against Everton but he was the one to score the late equalizer that kept Leeds in first position !

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    No one knew what to expect in the upcoming games with three teams fighting for the tittle with such a close distance to each other. One bad result could easily change everything.
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    The second month that Leeds started with a champions league. This time though the result was not the same as it was in the game against Juventus. However the away goal was giving Leeds the hope that they could turn things around in the second game.

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    With only two days after the big game against Tottenham Leeds players did not managed to find their breath and Middlesbrough got an easy draw which could hurt Leeds a lot in their championship battle.

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    An easy win and a totally different performance compared to the game against Middlesbrough for the league. The peacocks had reached one more champions league final !

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    And their opponent would be Manchester United for one more time !

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    One more for Leeds. Smith and his boys controlled the game most of the time but the citizens scored a lucky goal and got away with the draw from Elland Road. It was going to be a breathtaking finale ...

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    A very close in which Rashford had been the man of the moment. The experienced striker came in as a substitute and got the goal that Leeds wanted. The last game for the league was going to be a trip to Burnley 's home with Leeds and Chelsea having the exact same points !

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  40. League Champions or not ?

    Leeds had booked a position in the champions league final against its biggest rival, Manchester United but everyone in Elland Road were expecting the last game for the premier league, the away battle with Burnley. The peacocks had the exact points with Chelsea and the Blues had an easiest game to play since they were going to face Middlebrough in their home. The days before that big game , Smith was trying to keep his players relaxed. They all knew that the team's last premier tittle was in 1992 and now for the first time after 38 years they were so close but everything could change in the nick of time !

    The day for the big game against Burnley had come. Leeds players went out on the field. Bacj in the dressing room their manager 's last words were : "Remain clam boys , you are the better team and if you play like you know you will win. I have faith on you"! But the game was not going well for Leeds. The players were extremely stressful and they kept losing easy chances in front of goals. In the other game , Chelsea had already scored three goals and the Blues' fans had started to celebrate as championship winners. In the 65th minute of the game Smith said : "Marcus (Rashford) get in and win the tittle for us ! You can do it"! Rashford replied "Coach I will never forget the faith you showed in me when Mourinho kicked me out from Manchester United. Stay calm and when the referee will blow the end of the we will celebrate the tittle together! "

    The experienced player was 100% right !!
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    What a day for Smith and his favorite Leeds!!

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    Pictures speak louder than words !

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  41. Congrats mate, it's always so much more satisfying to win the league after years of falling just short than it is to win in your first season!
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  42. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Congrats mate, it's always so much more satisfying to win the league after years of falling just short than it is to win in your first season!
    I could not agree more Patrick , and what a way to win it ! If you could see the chances that the team lost until the first goal you would be amazed ! I was so close in smashing my pc into pieces ha ha ha !!!
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  43. It was the team 's last game for the season and what a game that was ! The champions league final ! Smith and his boys despite the fact that their top priority was the league tittle , they managed to reach very high in the champions league. "Go out and play for you boys. Enjoy the game and try ti give your best. No matter what it happens today for me you are the champions"! That was Smith last words before the team entered the field.
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    Gomez scored the goals that brought Leeds ahead but he was also the one to loose the last penalty in the shootout. It was just not meant to be. However Leeds' fans gave to their players a warm applause in the end of the game acknowledging their efforts.

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    Gomez had been the number one top gun in the champions league this year. If only he had scored that last penalty...

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    Leeds captain was the one to win the award for the best goal however he was not at his best in the final.

    But the most important news had been the ones that Smith heard from the members of the Leeds board the next day of the champions league final.
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    What a day for the club !
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  44. Pre season and transfers

    It was going to be an odd season for Leeds since the peacocks would have to play in the City of Manchester Stadium until the works in Elland Road would be completed. That however was not going to be the only reason. After the championship , Smith had decided that the team needed reshaping. Despite Leeds' success some of the players wanted to leave the club and seek their luck elsewhere and Smith had no intention of keeping anyone against his will.

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    Pereira had expressed his desire to leave the club and sign either to PSG or Real Madrid. The Spanish club placed the biggest offer and the Portugal star packed his bags for the famous Santiago Bernabeu! He was not the only though since other big names left the club as well. Rashford (his contract expired) , Montes and Eisenhofer kissed Elland Road goodbye.

    With lots of money to spent went for shopping. What he was seeking for was an attacking midfielder with the same characteristics as Pereira , a central midfielder similar to Eikrem , a right winger as a back for Stryjek , a central defender to team up with his young star Onovo (Smith was determined to see whether the youngster could stand as a first teamer) and a defensive midfielder who could also play as a defender.
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    Despite the fact that Leeds had bought many players Smith decided not play many friendly matches during pre season. Most of the players had responsibilities with their national team for the World Cup and Leeds manager did not want his boys to feel exhausted before the beginning of the new season.

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    Everybody was keen to see whether Leeds could defend its tittle !

    The fans however were ready to show their love to the team !
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  45. The first official match for the season was one more final against Manchester United. This time for the community shield. Everyone were keen to see the new players of Leeds and there was faith for a good result.

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    Leeds performance was awful. The Red devils entered the field more ready and determined and won the cup fair and square. Smith hoped that this defeat could make his players more alert in view of the upcoming games for the championship.

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    A win at the opening game for the Premier League is always welcome. Leeds manager had been very anxious about this game since it was going to be the first the team temporary home until the works in the Elland Road would be completed. It is never easy when you play a home game in a place where you do not feel quite at home.

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    A bad result against Newcastle. Gomez had not started the season well so far. Leeds top striker seems to be tired from the game he gave with his national team in the World Cup. It was vital to shape up.

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    First opponent for this season EFL Cup

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    Champions league group stage draw and quite a group for Leeds. The peacocks were going to face famous Barcelona in one of the most historical stadium of the world , Camp Nou.

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    The league table after the first two games in the Premier League.
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    800 matches in Leeds bench for Alan Smith !

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    The celebrations and the award that the president gave to Smith before the game affected the players and they did not take the match seriously. However another win in the bag.

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    Last season Gomez won the award of the top scorer for the champions league. It was logical to be considered among the favorites for this season as well.

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    An away win against Swansea despite the fact that they gave a great fight. Leeds should be able to take these kind of games more easily though.

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    First game of this season champions league and Leeds got the win. However it was an easy game. Ajax managed to to score a goal and tried to get the equalizer. Leeds goalkeeper was in top form and the fans left the City of Manchester happy since their beloved team got the result they wanted.

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    Maybe it was not so bad to play in a bigger stadium after all...

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    Leeds started the game perfectly. The players got out ready to demolish Liverpool and they had scored two quick goals while the Reds could not get the ball out of their area. However two ridiculously red cards put them back in the game. Smith saw his team playing with nine players from the first half! He could not believe it! They remained players however gave a great fight and managed to get the win.

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    Rotation , good football and an easy win. That were the key words from the first game for the EFL Cup for this season. Due to injuries and red cards Smith had to use two players from the under 18 team for this game.The youngsters played very well taking into account that it was their first game with the big boys.

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    Next opponent would be Watford.

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    One more big away result for Leeds. the most noticeable fact in that game was that the Spurs had two former Leeds players in their first eleven !

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    Leeds managed to stay close to the top. Arsenal and Manchester City are having a wonderful season so far. Especially City looks ready to the fight for the tittle after many years of of bad performances that have kept them low in the league table.

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    Smith won the award for best coach. However the other two gentlemen deserve a lot of credit as well ! Manchester United coach famous Mourinho was not in the top three after very long time.




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    Leeds visit in Camp Nou did not end with a good result. The positive fact was that it was a tight game and the two teams looked pretty equal. Barcelona found the goal which gave the Spanish club the win in the last minutes of the game while everyone in the field was beginning to feel satisfied with the draw.

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    Leeds may had lost in Barcelona but took a good lesson on how to be cynical in front of goals. Smith 's players proved to be good students and in the game against Chelsea for the Premier League did exactly what Barca did to them.

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    And they kept one doing the same in the next game against Leicester for the league.

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    Time for some rotation and for an easy win. These had been Smith 's thoughts for the champions league against Sparta Prague. Everything went smoothly and Leeds manager was delighted to know that Barcelona lost their game against Ajax in Holland. So now three of the four teams in the group had six points and Leeds had still chances to finish first.

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    One more win in the league with Leeds favorite scoreline lately.

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    Despite Smith 's rotation , Watford was no match for Leeds and the peacocks got an easy win which help them to qualify in the next round for the EFL Cup.

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    So far Sarenac was showing good things. The Serbian wonderkid, which was bought to fit into Montes feet since former Leeds icon defender was now member of A.C. Milan , had created a good partnership with Onovo in Leeds defense.

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    Smith got the award for top manager of the month again !

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    Leeds was sharing first place with Arsenal and everyone had been wondering which of the two teams would drop from the top.

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    Leeds next opponent would be Liverpool. The Reds have been having an awful season so far.


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    One more narrow win for Leeds in their battle to win the championship.

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    Sparta Prague played a lot better this time but Leeds managed to leave the beautiful capital of Czech republic with the win.

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    A big win in the Premier it was about time for Leeds to play according to the team capabilities.

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    A bad result which happened in the worst time. The upcoming match was going to be the big clash with United in Old Traford in a game where Leeds could drop from first place if Arsenal continued their winning strike.

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    United had been the better time but sometimes this is not enough. Gomez managed to save a point for his team. United defense could not handle him at all. A good performance for the explosive striker who up till cannot find his pace due to injury problems.

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    The two draws allowed Arsenal to reach Leeds in first place.
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    "Liverpool has been strangling this year, Leeds has the upper hand , it will be an a walk in the park for the peacocks"... That was some of the predictions for that game. Leeds manager tried to keep his player focused but they went out thinking that it would be an easy and Liverpool made them pay very hard for their arrogance . "I should have brought the under 18 team to play this game today and not you! Who the hell you think you are ? Hope that this game will become a lesson for all you ! I won't tolerate similar behavior from you in the future!". Smith had every right to be furious with his team.

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    At least Leeds players played a lot better in the next game for the championship and got an easy home win against Everton who looks very dangerous team this year. They are capable of causing a lot troubles if they are allowed to play their game.

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    Next opponent for the FA Cup would be Crystal Palace.

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    Last game for the champion league group stage and Leeds got the both the win and the first place of their group despite Ricardo Franzenburg amazing performance. The ex Leeds player wanted to prove to his former coach that he made a huge letting him go in the Summer but it was an ex Barca player who gave the peacocks the win ! Life can be so strange some times ...

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    One more win for the league despite the fact that Sheffield tried very hard in the last minutes of the game to steal a point. Thankfully for Leeds the only thing they managed was to score only one goal.

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    A huge clash in the first knock out stage for the Champions League.

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    Jordi Caballe was starting to prove that he could make Leeds fans to forget Pereira (who had left Elland Road for Real Madrid). The Spanish player has been lethal in front of goals so far. The only thing that troubles Leeds coach is that he is a little bit injury prone.

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    Simon Rowe is a kid coming from Leeds academy. Despite the fact that Smith though very high for him he never leaved up to the expectations. So Leeds manager decided to put him in the transfer list and West Ham place an offer which was accepted. Due to injuries Rowe found a place in Leeds first 11 for the game against Hull and he looked a totally different player. If only he could play more games like that ...

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    Smith wanted to end the year with a win that could allow him to run away from Arsenal , since Leeds and the Gunners had been head to head in the first place in the premiership so far. In order to do that he had decided to rotate his squad in the game against Hull in order for his so called first timers to gain some rest. Middlesbrough though did not share that opinion and if had not been Gomez's goal from the penalty spot Leeds would had suffered its first defeat in this year championship.

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    The end of 2030 found Leeds in 1st place together with Arsenal. Smith did not manage to fulfill his plan but at least Lees had one game from the Gunners and if they could win they would climb above them.
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    The first game of the new year had been the one against Crystal Palace for the FA Cup where Leeds had an easy afternoon and managed to pass to next round. Smith rotated his team a lot in view of the match against Bournemouth and his secondary players placed in a very good performance something that put him into thoughts on who to pick for the upcoming premier league game.

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    Lady luck smiled to the peacocks since Forest Green Rovers would not be a serious obstacle for the next phase of the F.A. Cup and Leeds had a chance to move even more forward.

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    Leeds manager decided to use the boys who played against Crystal Palace so as to reward them for their good performance and they were terrible. If it had not been Burke 's (who came in a substitute ) equalizer with an amazing free kick Leeds would have suffered its first
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    Leeds returned to the easy wins in the home game against Newcastle. One of the most interesting things in that encounter was that four of the magpies first eleven had been former Leeds players !

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    Swansea never stood a chance. League 's worst defense had to face league 's best defense. The odds were totally against them and the final score confirmed all the predictions.

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    Leeds started the game brilliantly by scoring in the second minute of the game but after that goal the Hammers' goalkeeper locked like a rock behind the sticks. Smith could not believed his players wasted chances in front of goals and the last minutes of the game looked like ages. Luckily Leeds managed to keep the early lead and the fans returned happy to their homes.

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    Everything remained stable in the league table with Leeds and Arsenal fighting head to head for the tittle.

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