With the final friendly now in the books, it’s all eyes on the Championship now for Leeds United.
And according to Gaetano Berardi, everything is in place for the club to mount a challenge for promotion. Speaking after the 1-1 draw away to Cagliari Calcio, the defender spoke about the game, but also about pre-season as a whole. He called it ‘long and tough’ but said that he thinks the team is ready to take on the challenge that is ahead of them this term.
Those comments though fell on deaf ears for a few Leeds supporters. This pre-season hasn’t all gone smoothly for Bielsa’s men. Whilst victories over the likes of York City & Tadcaster Albion are fine, the heavy defeat to Manchester United and general complaints about the makeup of the team has meant that pre-season hasn’t all gone down well with the Elland Road faithful.
In other words too long and too testing…imagine what the softies thought of it…!!????♂️
— David Wainwright (@dayvid58) July 29, 2019
This teams defence is gonna get torn apart . So if we wanna run the club with small squad prepare for next season in championship.
— Eugene maher (@Eugenemaher2) July 29, 2019
“long and tough pre season” does that mean we’re all knackered before the season starts?
— Bill Douglas (@BillDou35874386) July 29, 2019
But you think your ready …
Let’s see ay
— #loveleeds ???????????????? (@Lisa1973LUFC) July 29, 2019
Although depending on who you ask, Berardi might not be around to see much of the season. Having been sent off seven times during his time at Elland Road, one fan was keen to joke about his ill-discipline, although some did take it a little bit further than just a joke.
Gaetano Berardi looks ahead to the new season and at new and interesting ways he can get sent off
— IvanC (@Cossy1983) July 29, 2019
That bloke will kill us again when it matters! Remember this tweet
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) July 27, 2019
We’d have done better (much better) without you in the team
— Mickus (@l33dsmm) July 27, 2019
We’re stronger with him suspended so he’s right in a way.
— batesylufc2 (@batesylufc2) July 29, 2019