Why Leeds United defender Robin Koch won't be underestimating Sheffield United ahead of weekend derby at Elland Road

Defender Robin Koch says Leeds United will approach tomorrow’s game against Sheffield United at Elland Road with the same mentality they would have if they were playing Liverpool or Manchester City.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 12:42 pm

Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades make the short trip to West Yorkshire bottom of the table and seemingly destined for relegation, while Leeds have had a better time of it this season after they were promoted last season.

But Koch, who is back fit after a recent knee injury, suggests that his side will not take the challenge posed by the Blades lightly.

“We are expecting a tough game,” the German international said.

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“Every game in the PL is tough and now nearly every player is fit and ready to play, so we have good quality in the team and can get the best out of the team. So I think it’ll be difficult to play against us.

“After Sheffield we have three big games but for me, every game is a big game, so we go into the Sheffield game with the same mentality as the Liverpool or Man City game. It’s nice to play against big teams but also against Sheffield is very important for us.

“For myself the aim is to get back on to the pitch and play football and be back with my boys in the stadium. For all of us it’s to win as many games as possible, maybe get some points against big opponents like Liverpool and Man City, and of course the Man United game is a big game for us.”

Robin Koch of Leeds United challenges Billy Sharp of Sheffield United: Darren Staples/Sportimage