Potter braced for "great challenge"

12th February 2019
First team

Graham Potter wants Swansea City to embrace the "great challenge" of heading to Elland Road to take on Leeds United.

The Swans, having suffered just one defeat in their last nine games, head to Yorkshire to face a Leeds side firmly in the mix for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Under the guidance of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites sit second in the Championship table after netting a last-gasp equaliser at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

They have lost just three league games on their own turf this season, although two of them have come in their last three Championship contests at Elland Road.

But Swansea have a poor record there, having last beaten Leeds in their own backyard in 1949.

So Swans boss Potter is under no illusion as to the size of the task facing the visitors but - having seen his men more than play their part in a high-octane 2-2 draw between the teams in SA1 in August - it is a challenge he wants his team to relish.

"They are formidable opponents, they are up there at the top of the league, I think they are second now," he said.

"They are very strong at home, Elland Road is a hostile place, it is very difficult and very aggressive.

"They have good players who are well coached so it is a really tough game.

"Their form is probably not as good as they would like but in those games they could have won, and that’s how football goes.

"But the performances have been good. It’s a great challenge for us to go there and test ourselves against a really good team."