Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that it has been hard to maintain a sense of calmness at his club, according to a report published by Sky Sports. 

After 42 games, the Whites are in second place on the Championship standings with 82 points. Leeds have won their past two league games and are in contention to win promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Promotion for the Yorkshire giants is however far from secure as Leeds are just three points ahead of third-place Sheffield United.

Should the Whites slip outside of the top two, winning promotion will be more difficult as it will involve having to negotiate the promotion playoffs, which does require a certain level of luck.

There is a sense of excitement at Elland Road. If results go in the favour of the Whites, Leeds could potentially win promotion to the top-flight as early as next Monday.

If the Whites manage to win promotion this season, Bielsa must certainly be thanked. Throughout the past decade, the club has shown positive signs but has lacked the killer instinct and consistency.

Even though Leeds still have flaws, they have been more consistent this season than they have been during previous seasons.

Leeds are next in action against Wigan Athletic on Friday and will be expected to record their third successive Championship victory.

The Latics have been struggling this season and are relegation candidates. They are just two points clear of the drop zone and are without a win during their previous four league games.

Leeds boss Bielsa has admitted that his players must remain focused and calm in their game against Wigan to secure victory.

“When the atmosphere close to you is excited, it is more difficult to be calm,” Bielsa said, speaking ahead of the game against Wigan.

“You need to have both these feelings and it is hard to balance the two. There are no football players who don’t have the same feelings as the fans.

“As professionals they have to balance that and be calm.”

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