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Exclusive: Ian Harte plays down unique Elland Road experience hampering Leeds United



Ian Harte believes that Leeds United playing behind closed doors will not be an issue, with the former Whites full-back pointing to the mindset Marcelo Bielsa has put in place within his squad.

Leeds are top of the Championship table and awaiting news from the game’s governing bodies confirming a date they can resume their push for the Premier League.

The likelihood is that when the season does resume, Leeds will be forced to play behind closed doors, depriving Bielsa’s side the support of their energetic fanbase.

In the week, Tyler Roberts pointed to Bielsa’s ‘murderball’ sessions as preparation for behind closed doors, with the forward’s thoughts backed up by Harte.

Football League World exclusively caught up with Harte yesterday, with the former Leeds full-back stating: “I can’t see that being a problem, it’s the players’ mindset and the manager.

“They’ve been so focused this season, whether that’s home or away, it doesn’t matter if it’s behind closed doors, he (Bielsa) will have them 100% focused on the task at hand.” 

So far this season, Leeds have been backed by sell-out crowds at Elland Road on a weekly basis, with 36,514 watching their last fixture against Huddersfield Town.

That crowd was the highest of the season and they witnessed Bielsa’s side move back to the top of the Championship table that afternoon, with Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford scoring at the start of each half to secure a 2-0 win.

A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Championship since that first weekend in March.

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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