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29th Mar, 2017 | 9:12am

Leeds ace Pontus Jansson hits out at rivals, makes bold statement

By Amir Mir

Leeds ace Pontus Jansson has hit out at Portugal by claiming that they are “not the best team in Europe”.

The 26-year-old came on as a second-half substitute as his national side, Sweden beat the current European Champions 3-2 in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

Centre-back Jansson also made a bold statement by saying maybe he is perhaps “among the best in Europe” following his criticism of his rivals.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring on his home island of Madeira but after going off after 58 minutes he watched on as his side lost a two-goal lead.

This is what Whites centre-back Jansson had to say about Ronaldo’s side after Sweden picked the impressive win.

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“It is clear that there are a good team but according to me is not the best in Europe,” said Jansson, as quoted by fotbollskanalen.

Jansson had a successful international campaign for his side, first playing the full 90 minutes as the Swede’s beat Belarus 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier followed by the friendly win on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the popular Leeds defender will now focus his attention to club matters and helping Garry Monk’s side secure a play-off place.

At this moment in time, the Yorkshire club are in fourth spot in the Championship table and they will take on fifth-placed Reading at the weekend.

Prior to the international break, Monk opted to drop Jansson to the bench as they secured a valuable three points and clean sheet against automatic chasers Brighton.

In other Leeds news, supporters on Twitter react to Pontus Jansson’s performance against Portugal. 

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