By Mark Smith

10th Jan, 2020 | 10:32am

Garry Monk 'mindful' of Leeds, claims Sheffield Weds could come out on top 'again'

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has already started the mind games ahead of the clash with Leeds United.

The former Whites boss has already suggested that his current side came out on top against Marcelo Bielsa when the two teams met at Hillsborough earlier in the season in a 0-0 draw.

Monk did claim that Leeds can very easily take advantage of their opponents with their aggressive style should they not be at the top of their game at Elland Road.

“With Leeds, out of the whole league, you have to be mindful – of the reason why it can be such a tough game – is they put you into so many defensive actions,” he said, via the Star.

“They man-mark, are very much an aggressive pressing team. That allows them to do is put you into a lot of defensive actions.

“What you have to do is be very good in those actions, otherwise they will cause you a lot of problems.

“I will try and use my experience of playing against that manager’s way of playing, and see if we can come out on top again.”

There is no doubting that Wednesday gave Leeds their biggest challenge of the season back in October. Monk’s men had a number of chances, but the Whites still should have come out on top.

Looking back at the game, Leeds enjoyed 57.2% possession in the game. The Whites also completed 385 passes – 101 more than Monk’s men [WhoScored].

For Monk to suggest that his side potentially came out on top seems strange, with the only sign of that being that they had two more shots on goal.

Not many teams manage to get the better of Leeds, and Monk could live to regret his comments at Elland Road on Saturday, with the Whites looking back to their best after the Arsenal clash.

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