By Amir Mir
Nigel Clough had stated that “not so long ago” Leeds were playing Champions League football and Burton were a non-league team.
Clough made the remarkable comparison between the two ahead of their Championship clash on Saturday afternoon.
Leeds have not tasted Premier League football since their relegation in 2003/04, with the Yorkshire club being Champions League semi-finalists during the 2000/01 campaign.
Since then, they have fallen in a remarkable fashion even tasting League One football as they now edge closer to the promised land under Garry Monk.
By comparison, Burton have marched their way through the leagues and are now looking to secure safety in the second tier.
To give an insight into the rise and fall of the two teams, Clough’s comments proved how far Leeds have fallen in the past decade.
“Not so long ago Leeds were playing Champions League and we were playing non-league,” said Clough as posted by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot.
Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough: "Not so long ago Leeds were playing in the Champions League and we were playing non-league." #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) April 19, 2017
Leeds’ play-off hopes are in their hands with three matches of the season remaining as they will play Norwich and Wigan in their final two matches.
Prior to that, they will have to see off a tricky Burton team that know how to find the back of the net despite their struggles.
Over the course of the season, Clough’s side have scored 44 goals from their 43 matches, but they have conceded 57 during the season.
During the reverse fixture in October, Monk’s team recorded a 2-0 win in front of their own supporters as he will be looking for the same type of performance this time round.
In other Leeds news, it has been confirmed that there are two key injury doubts ahead of the Burton game.