‘Main focuses’: Daniel Farke now explains what he has worked really hard to improve at Leeds

Daniel Farke says one of his ‘main focuses’ since being appointed Leeds United manager has been improving at the back.

Farke was speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds’ trip to Southampton on Saturday, where he was asked about what he has done to shore up the defence.


Leeds have kept four consecutive Championship clean sheets under Farke for the first time since the season they were last promoted to the Premier League, in February 2020.


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Only Leicester City and Preston North End have conceded less goals than Leeds this season, with a strong defensive foundation the key to any successful side.

New signings Joe Rodon and Sam Byram have both made significant impacts, but there is no doubt the team as a whole looks much stronger at the back than in seasons gone by.


Farke explains how he has improved Leeds defence
Speaking ahead of the trip to Southampton, Farke claims he has made improving Leeds’ defensive structure has been one of his ‘main focuses’, but insists they can still get better.


“Football is always a complex game. It’s not just to attack to score goals, but we are there to entertain supporters. In order to do this you can focus on solid defending. At Norwich I think we still have the record for most clean sheets in a row.


“We spoke also about to improve our possession, when you are in possession, you can’t concede. To be good in possession and have a good structure when we lose the ball, this was one of my main focuses. Then you talk about defending set pieces, it’s complex work. We are on a good path but we have to make sure we are on it.”


Leeds had the worst defensive record in the Premier League last season and at one stage under Javi Gracia as recently as April, conceded 18 goals in five matches.

It is a refreshing change to see Leeds consistently keeping out opposition teams, with Watford’s only two chances last weekend coming in the final 10 minutes when the game was wrapped up.


Considering both Djed Spence and Rodon were absent last week, Leeds’ defence at full strength is a really exciting prospect.


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