Leeds United returns to Premier League after 16-years

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Leeds United have ended their-16 year wait for a return to the Premier League after West Brom failed to beat Huddersfield on Friday night.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who edged past Barnsley 1-0 on Thursday, have sealed promotion from the championship with two games to spare after the Baggies failed to keep the pressure up at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Leeds have enjoyed an impressive campaign after bouncing back from last season’s play-off heartache to clinch promotion, returning to the top flight for the first time since 2004. They also spent three years in League One between 2007 and 2010.

Leeds United players describes Biesla as the best manager in the world.

The 24-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds he was struggling to put the promotion feeling into words.

“It’s crazy,” midfielder Kalvin Phillips told BBC Radio. “When the manager first came in I never thought I would be in this position two years down the line.

“The manager and the coaching staff are a massive part of that. He’s the best manager in the world. There’s no manager I would rather be under than Marcelo Bielsa right now.

“At an age when I’m trying to develop, he’s the perfect manager to have. The Premier League is the best league in the world and, after 16 years, we’re back in there” the 24-year-old added.

Club captain Liam Cooper said promotion took Leeds back to where the team belongs.”

“It’s unbelievable and it’s still not properly sunk in,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “Our club, our fans and our players have sacrificed so much – we’ve been in the doldrums for 16 years.

“To be part of this team and to lead this team to promotion back to where we know we’ve always belonged is unbelievable.

“We deserve it – we’ve been the best team all season on a consistent level and we’ve got the job done. We set out to get promoted and now we want to go and be champions and lift that trophy.”

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had a fantastic campaign on the pitch, setting a new club record points tally of 87, with two games still left to play.

There have been many memorable moments throughout, from the opening win at Bristol City, the infamous 5-4 victory against Birmingham City and of course Pablo Hernandez’s late winner at Swansea City.


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