The sacrifices Sheffield United are making in order to try and reach Europe

Sheffield United can maintain their challenge for European football when the Premier League returns to action, Enda Stevens has predicted, after revealing the sacrifices his team mates have made in order to achieve their dreams.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 8:00 am
Sheffield United's Irish defender Enda Stevens (2nd L) celebrates with team mates: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images

Chris Wilder’s squad were seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea having played a game less than Frank Lampard’s side, when the fixture calendar was suspended two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With clubs now working towards a June 12 restart date, fears have been expressed the break could strip United of the momentum they had built up during a six match unbeaten run before the competition entered lockdown.

But Stevens, the Republic of Ireland wing-back, insisted: “We’re confident we can finish strongly and we’ve still got so much to play for.

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“Our mindset is strong. When we can get back out there, we’ll be giving everything to try and make sure we pick up where we left off."

Despite reopening the Steelphalt Academy for individual and small scale sessions towards the end of last month, the majority of the work United’s players have undertaken in order to maintain their fitness has taken place at home.

George Baldock recently described how gruelling the programme Bramall Lane’s conditioning department devised when the training complex was closed has been.

Echoing his fellow defender’s thoughts, Stevens said: “Seriously, it’s been really tough. We’ve not been having a break. The stuff we’ve had to do has been hard but hopefully we’ll see the benefits and rewards."

Sheffield United's Enda Stevens (left) and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 9, 2020. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Utd. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

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