May 26, 2024

Erol Bulut welcomes ‘perfect’ Leeds United scenario with Cardiff City ready for the ‘challenge’

Cardiff City begin their Championship campaign with a trip to face Leeds United and Bluebirds boss Erol Bulut has spoken about the challenge of playing in front of a sellout Elland Road

Erol Bulut has hailed the prospect of facing Leeds United on the opening day of the season in front of a sellout crowd as a ‘perfect’ scenario. The Bluebirds will be the first visitors to Elland Road this season, with the fixture moved to Sunday afternoon for television coverage.

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Daniel Farke’s side have been tipped as one of the favourites to secure promotion this term, alongside fellow relegated sides Leicester City and Southampton. The Whites have so far only added Ethan Ampadu and Karl Darlow to their ranks, with a host of first-team stars already departed with further exits also on the cards.

Erol Bulut during his time in charge at Gaziantap FK

In contrast, Cardiff have so far brought in six players ahead of the start of the season. Sunday’s encounter will be Bulut’s first competitive game in charge following his appointment in June, and he has backed his side to deliver despite facing a ‘strong team’.

He told the club’s website: “I’ve read that the stadium will be full on Sunday, which is perfect. It will be difficult playing against Leeds; at home they play well and are strong with their fans behind them.

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They’re recently relegated from the Premier League so have a strong team. I think that we’ll have a good game on Sunday and hope to take the points that we need. We’re prepared for the challenge.

“Two thousand of our supporters is a good number, and we need them. Of course, at home they’re always great at supporting us, and it will be good to have them with us at Leeds. We want to make them happy after the game.”

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