A superb afternoon watching the Leeds United under 23’s win the Premier Development League.
Man. City beat Leicester City 1-0 with a barnstorming goal from Vincent Kompany. The race for the Premier League title will go to the last game. Liverpool host Wolves while City travel to Brighton.
Carlos Corberan on his squads triumph in winning the Professional Development League title: "I think today was a very positive day for our players, they have lived an incredible experience. We came here to play the final full of people, it's something unbelievable. It makes you feel proud of our club.
These types of experience will only help our players grow and improve in their careers. The fact that we played extra-time and penalties can help us to continue to grow. We are always thinking about how these experiences can help our players. Today was a very positive day for them.
Marcelo is very focused on how every player is developing. We are trying to improve the strengths and weaknesses of every player. I think the connection is one of the keys, because they are playing games with the senior players.
This teaches you a lot about the mentality that you need to be a professional football player. Every time you have contact with them you know what you need to do better.
It's unbelievable how big this club is, they have shown they have the Leeds feeling inside themselves. They are going to help the Under-23s. It is something unbelievable and makes us feel very proud.
We also feel a higher responsibility because when they come here we want to give them happiness."
Jamie Shackleton on the under 23’s title triumph: “It's a good feeling and it's the best possible way to cap off the season. I've played with some of those boys since we were six and seven years old.
To go and win the 23s and the national title with them, basically the step before the first-team, it's such a great feeling."
Sly Sports News show a ‘mock up’ picture of Marcelo Bielsa looking through binoculars at the Derby County stadium. The lows that TV station will sink to is beyond belief!
Liverpool incredibly overturn their 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi final at the Nou Campe.
The Merseysiders win the second leg 4-0 to go through to final 4-3 on aggregate. They will play either Ajax or Spurs at Athletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June the 1st.
Miracle in Merseyside. Liverpool’s stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona.
On this day nine years ago something pretty special happened that I’ll never forget.
Beckford scores the winner against Bristol Rovers, Jonny Howson celebrates.
Leeds United under 23’s review. Ratings and Statistics of the 2018/19 season.
Thanks to the YEP.
84 years young today.
Craig Pawson and Anthony Taylor have been appointed as the referees for Leeds United’s two-legged play-off semi-final against Derby County.
Pawson will take charge of the first leg at Pride Park on Saturday evening before Taylor handes the return fixture at Elland Road a week today.
Chelsea have lost their appeal against FIFA's decision to ban them from signing players in the next two transfer windows
The Champions League throws up another ‘corker’. Spurs begin the game a goal behind after the first leg at White Hart Lane and then go 3-0 down on aggregate after thirty five minutes of the second leg. Incredibly they come back to win the game 3-2 with three goals all scored by Lucas Moura, his third in the sixth minute of injury time.
Lucas Moura sends Spurs to Spain.
Spurs go through on away goals. The will meet Liverpool in Madrid on June the 1st.
Astonishing in Amsterdam. Spurs’ amazing comeback win over Ajax.
Mason Bennett starts to ‘stir the pot’: “We were fuming about the whole (Spygate) situation with Leeds. The (Derby) fans have been singing, “We're coming for you”- I think that's the message. That's what we need to do.
The gaffer (Frank Lampard) is buzzing for those games and we are as well as a team. Hopefully, we can go and put on a performance and when asked if he felt Derby “owed Leeds one” after all that had happened, Bennett replied: "Yes, definitely. It was a tough week, that week, with them sending a spy down.”
Marcelo Bielsa’s injury news: Tyler Roberts is unavailable and there is a doubt over Pontus Jansson for the first leg at Derby.
He said this on the upcoming playoffs: “This event is a football episode which everyone will want to live, you have two prizes at the end, both semi-final games are going to be very attractive and the winner will play a final at Wembley, which will be a spectacle.
“The team that wins at Wembley will go up and get promoted and you can’t have a bigger goal than this.The motivation to face these challenges comes by itself and the preparation is a second aspect.
I am familiar with this situation, what I can tell you is that I have been through this many times with Copa Libertadores, the Olympic Games, with Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League and the Copa America. What I can tell you is I lost all of the finals, apart from the final of the Olympic Games.
“We think about the responsibility we have on our shoulders because we are bearing the hope of many people. It is a big opportunity for us to fulfil this hope, for all of the fans. We are full of hope, we have the hope we will reach our goal, we are dreaming of this and when you feel like that, you feel safe.
“We don’t feel as winners before playing the game or losers before playing the game, what we value is the possibility to show what we deserve.”
Bielsa on Spurs’ win last night in Amsterdam and his good friend Mauricio Pochettino: “We were all full of emotions after the game of last night and I can imagine what he felt because as a head coach I think it was a special emotion for him. The game of yesterday was a party of football for the team who won. For the team who lost, both teams respected each other.
I saw Pochettino trying to control his happiness not to offend the opponent. It doesn’t mean he didn’t celebrate. And I saw that he was controlling himself, he didn’t want his celebration to be an offence to the opponent team and I am thankful for what he said about me.
I want to tell you, I’ve known Pochettino since he was 15, he has built his own career as a head coach. He has built his own style. It’s his property, what his team does is more linked to his ideas than the ideas of other teams. That’s why I disagree with the position of teacher. I’m not his teacher, because Pochettino’s style is an original one, he designed and drew it himself."
Bielsa on if a situation akin to the game with Aston Villa happens during the playoffs: “We reached a common decision with the players and we decided to adapt 100 per cent to the rules, we understand that if we have a player down then the opponents don’t have to play the ball off the pitch. We also think that if a player from the opponent is down we shouldn’t interrupt the play and kick the ball out.
We all know that the person who has to take this decision is the referee. We don’t want to disappoint anyone, our fans, their fans or the other team because it’s what the rules say. The rules say the person who has to make the decision is the referee and this has nothing to do with the Aston Villa situation because we feinted that we were going to put the ball out and didn’t. We just want to find a solution to this doubt.
“We’ll tell the referee and the head coach and captain of Derby that we’ll behave like this, which is by the rules. By behaving by the rules we don’t want to make people disappointed. We don’t expect the opponent to solve the situation. If we have a man down we won’t ask them to put the ball out.
“It would be unjustified to do this because it’s the referee’s decision. We will do exactly the same in the opposite situation. I think we are doing the right thing and I hope I’m not wrong.”
Pontus Jansson: “First of all there’s been two good football games, especially from our side. We played two good games and it’ll be the same: two good games between us with good football and high intensity, probably a lot of goals and Leeds as the winners again.
“Everything else outside of that, there’s no meaning in talking about it. They hate us probably and we hate them. That’s how we go into the game. It’ll be nice for the spectators to see two good football games.
Hate is not the right word. That’s just me as a football supporter, maybe using the wrong word, maybe because of everything that happened, and we beat them twice and we are Leeds. Leeds are Leeds in England. Hate is maybe not the right word but you understand what I mean.”
Jansson on his injured ankle: "I don’t know what's said but it's a long season, I have pain everywhere. It's not a big thing but it's a little bit more today, but I'll play in a wheelchair if you want!”
Arsenal beat Valencia 4-2 at the Mestalla to go through 7-3 on aggregate to the Europe League Final. Chelsea draw 1–1 with Eintracht Frankfurt and the tie ends 2-2 on aggregate but go through to meet Arsenal in the final via penalties(4-2).
It is the first time in history that both European Finals will be contested by one nation.
We’ve met this season
Derby 1-4 Leeds 11th Aug 2018
Leeds 2-0 Derby 11th Jan 2019
The YEP Jury give their thoughts on this Saturday’s tea time crunch playoff semi final with Derby County at Pride Park.
Thanks to the ‘Jurors’ and the YEP
Time to believe!!
By Keith Ingham