By Mark Smith

13th May, 2020 | 3:00pm

MOT View: Mahrez comments on Elland Road show what Leeds could miss behind-closed-doors

As it stands, Leeds United are preparing to finish their remaining nine games in the Championship behind-closed-doors.

Elland Road is known for its hostile atmosphere that travelling sides have to face when coming up against more than 35,000 fans.

Leeds had five more home games to play in their campaign and had built a real fortress before the enforced break put a halt to the season.

If you ever wondered what it was like to play in that atmosphere, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has recently recalled his debut for Leicester, which actually took place in West Yorkshire.

The Algerian superstar admitted that he felt like he instantly didn’t fit in and that he didn’t even want to go on to the pitch that day.

“I was on the bench and I said to myself: I don’t fit in here,” he said, as quoted by Leicestershire Live.

“The ball was flying all over the pitch, I was not physically ready and I didn’t want to go on. I didn’t play that day and I was seriously happy.”

Home, away or at neutral venues, Marcelo Bielsa will have this Leeds squad prepared for any eventuality once the Championship returns.

If anything, Leeds are stronger when returning from a long break, just take the two-season openers with Bielsa in charge. The Whites have dispatched early-season contenders such as Stoke and Bristol City easily and that should come as a warning to other sides.

The EFL has set a date of mid-May for training to return, meaning Leeds will be back at Thorp Arch preparing to finish their season and secure promotion.

Although Mahrez’ comments prove what they could be missing with no fans, there are no doubts that we still remain favourites to earn promotion.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Gallagher shares promotion verdict on clubs like Leeds, claims it could cause ‘chaos’