BBC pundit Chris Sutton was impressed with Leeds United’s ‘outstanding’ win vs Manchester City over the weekend and believes they can secure European qualification next season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men defied the odds when they beat the runaway Premier League leaders despite playing an entire half with ten men.

Liam Cooper’s sending off left the team in trouble, and despite conceding an early equaliser in the second period, Leeds defended deep and countered to score the winner in the dying stages of the game.

Sutton, who was certainly impressed by their performance on the day, said on BBC 5 Live, “We hear about how intense their training sessions are and they believe in each other.

“I believe this [vs Manchester City] was their most outstanding result of this season.

“It puts them in great mindset going into next season to believe that they can go even stronger, maybe even push for a European place.”

Spot on 

Bielsa’s building something special here at Elland Road and his efforts have allowed fans to dream big.

Our first season back up could not have gone any better, and the credit goes to the Argentine just as much as it does to everyone behind the scenes who made this happen.

Sutton talks about finishing in the top six or seven next season, but even this season with seven games to go, we’re only four behind Tottenham who currently occupy seventh.

It’s unlikely that we leapfrog three other teams to get there, but with the Whites playing the way they are, anything is possible.

We’ve got our defenders back to full fitness, which has resulted in us conceding fewer goals.

A top-half finish regardless of our final position is a huge positive and should we recruit wisely in the summer, we could be dark horses for Europa League qualification.

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