Nobody gets excited about the international breaks anymore. This one is more interesting for myself because Scotland have actually given themselves a huge chance of making the play-offs, although tonight’s result is anything but certain. However we were just starting to wobble before the break and maybe it gives us time to regroup and reflect rather than dive straight back into the next fixture.
I dread international breaks but that isn’t just because Scotland historically punish me it’s just because quite simply, nobody is Leeds United. England qualify for most tournaments and even English friends can’t bare to watch the national side despite the winning. Club football towers above international these days, it’s the age we live in and I can’t ever see it going back now. If you lose a game it’s awful heading into a two-week break and if you win it’s great but you would rather try to keep the momentum going. This time I do feel slightly different now I’ve had a chance to reflect on what happened at Sheffield Wednesday I maybe this has come at a good time for us.
The Cardiff result was bad and just as we were getting over it we were battered at Hillsborough and the feeling dropped even lower. On top of that we had been turned over at Millwall in a very poor display and that makes three defeats from the last three away games, scoring just one goal and conceding seven. It also makes goals conceded in the last four league games up to a total of nine, staggering when you think of how well we started at the back this season. The two weeks gives Thomas Christiansen the chance to assess what went wrong and try to refocus the players who had a bad few weeks, maybe looking at different options both tactically and in terms of personnel.
Ronaldo Vieira tweeted a picture of himself this week saying he was “work in silence” with an emoji of a timer next to it, maybe players like him have the chance over the break to work their way into the plans. Thomas Christiansen hasn’t done much wrong at Leeds at all but we have been convincingly beaten three times in three very similar games and that needs to be sorted before our next trip to Bristol City. If we play that way again at Bristol City we will come away beaten yet again and the aggression and character must be on show that day. Players such at Mateusz Klich and Pawel Cibicki have barely featured and will use the break to impress in training. The break may do us the world of good, and I can’t wait to get back to Elland Road on Saturday to see the reaction.