Sheffield Wednesday: Whites are a prized scalp, insists Rosler

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

Boss Uwe Rosler claims Leeds United are a prized scalp in the Championship and believes his team must become better at dealing with pressure of being one of the division’s elite teams.

The Whites welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Elland Road today having drawn their opening three league fixtures.

Asked if everyone wants to beat Leeds, Rosler, handed the reins in May, replied: “Yes, and we have to live with this. We want to play for this great football club, we want to work with this great football and that is what we have to live with.

“I think a lot of the players that came to the club last year, with 12 months already behind them, they are already realising the responsibilities we have towards our club, to our supporters and what sort of expectation is put on us.”

Rosler , targeting a top-six tilt, says the club’s fans have a big part to play in this lunch-time’s Yorkshire derby

“I hope our fans will dream,” said Rosler. “How I see it is simple - it has not changed one little bit since I walked through the door. I can see the potential but I also see areas where we have to improve to be called an established top six team. We are not there now. Yes, when everything goes absolutely optimal and we are starting to win games in the 88th or 89th minute, who knows?

“There’s tremendous potential here but we have to also improve in certain areas but I knew that from before and that has not changed in eight weeks.”

The Whites head coach has given his backing to Marco Silvestri following the goalkeeper’s shaky performance in their 2-2 draw at Bristol City in midweek.

“Marco’s a very talented goalkeeper,” Rosler said. “He had a very good and strong end to last season.

“Marco’s quite young for a number one and the older he gets the better he will get. He’ll be in the firing line and every time he is there he will take things on board. He’ll learn things.

“I’ve spoken to him like I’ve spoken to every other player and he’s fine. He’s in a good mental state. He didn’t mention anything to me.

“This is how I see it - he will be in goal tomorrow, there’s no question. He has to perform like everyone has to perform but we had a good chat and he made a very good impression on me. He’s ready.”

“We didn’t speak about the Bristol City or any social media abuse. We spoke about how we can get there together and what we think he has to do and what we have to do with him.

“He coped very well last year with it. I don’t see any reason why he should not cope this season.”

“For me, I’ve said many times that I’m not a fan of social media. I’m not reading social media.

“I always give my players advice. I’m not telling them, I’m not dictating to them but I give them advice not to make themselves vulnerable to criticism or abuse by not being on social media, simple as that.”

Leeds let slip a two-goal cushion at Ashton Gate but Rosler believes they will pick up their first victory sooner rather than later.

“I have said to the players we are very, very close,” he said. “We have knocked on that door now several times very, very hard and I said ‘the more you knock on that door, the more resilient you are, the more determined you are - this door will go off for the first win.’

“The point against Bristol City will turn out to be a very good one when we win the game on Saturday.”

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