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Leeds´ belief never wavered as Wembley beckons

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 May 2024

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Ethan Ampadu said Leeds United’s players never let their belief waver despite a poor end to their Championship campaign, with a trip to Wembley now coming up.

Leeds will face either Southampton or West Brom in the play-off final on May 26 after thrashing Norwich City 4-0 at Elland Road on Thursday.

The Whites endured a miserable end to their campaign, losing 4-0 at Queens Park Rangers before going down at home to Southampton on the final day, as Ipswich Town claimed automatic promotion behind Leicester City.

But after their emphatic defeat of the Canaries, who they drew with 0-0 in the first leg, Ampadu claimed Leeds never lost their way.

“Towards the end of the season there was a lot of talk about how we were playing, how we weren’t on the front foot, how we weren’t aggressive or clinical,” he told Sky Sports.

“But we always had our belief that on our day, when we are firing, we can be hard for anyone to play against.

“When the front four, five, six play like that, they make the job of us defenders a lot easier.

“Whoever we play in the final it’s going to be a hard game but to go in like this, to put in a performance like this, we can take momentum and confidence into it.

“The fans were second to none and we enjoyed their support – now we are going to prepare for the big one.”

Georginio Rutter scored one and set up another in the rout, and he put the onus on Leeds to replicate the same level at Wembley.

“It’s incredible. Today we go to Wembley,” he said.

“We played a good game. I’m happy, everybody is happy. One more game and we will see.

“We played very good. 4-0 is a clean sheet. Today, we were mature. It’s a very good performance from the team.

“I want to try my best and help the team. If we play like this [at the final], we have a good chance but we have to play like this.”

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