“We Can’t Go Into The Game Fearing Anyone” – Huddersfield Town Midfielder Previews Yorkshire Derby

Huddersfield Town midfielder David Kasumu insists that the Terriers have to respect Leeds United ahead of the Yorkshire derby this weekend but mustn’t be scared of the talent they possess.

Huddersfield host Leeds this weekend at the John Smith’s Stadium in a fixture that could have an effect on both ends of the Championship table. The Terriers currently sit in 19th place, only two points above the relegation places and if results were to go against them, they could find themselves in the bottom three by Saturday evening. Meanwhile, the Whites are in the automatic spots and occupy second place, just six points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Last weekend saw both sides come away with maximum points from their respective fixtures. It was Huddersfield’s new head coach André Breitenreiter’s first game in charge of the relegation-threatened side, and he made an impressive start to his tenure with a 2-1 away win against Watford. Their visitors this weekend are on a terrific run of form at the moment and the Whites’ 3-1 home win against first-placed Leicester extends their unbeaten run in the Championship to 11 games.

Speaking at a live conference earlier on Thursday this week, Kasumu understands the importance of the local derby and says the belief within the squad should help them come away from the game with something.

“These sort of games, they just have that little bit [of an] extra edge, because it’s a local derby. We’ll go to the game as we do with any other game with the belief and determination to try and win the game.

“They’ve been doing well this season, everyone knows their quality, what they have and what they bring. They’re a good side of course, but we can’t go into the game fearing anyone. We will give 100 per cent, and hopefully, we can get the three points,” the 24-year-old continued.

“I feel like to be fair all season we’ve obviously gone into every game with the intention of winning, but that determination and belief, that is the feeling that’s in the changing room right now, and we’ve just got to use that belief and bring it onto the pitch, and hopefully it helps us in the games.”

Writer’s View

It is going to be an intriguing Yorkshire derby this weekend. With Huddersfield battling against relegation and Leeds fighting for an automatic promotion spot, both sides will be sure to be up for the game- not to mention the bragging rights included with this one. The Terriers will be the fresher out of the two teams on Saturday after the Whites’ heartbreaking loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Wednesday night and they need to take advantage of this.

If Huddersfield can settle in the derby the quickest and get an early goal, then they should be backed to get something from the game. Leeds will be the favourites but there’s no reason that Breitenreiter’s men can’t put an end to their rival’s unbeaten run and put a dent into their chase for a top-two finish in the Championship this season. This match could be considered one of the most important Yorkshire derbies there’s been for a while, and it will be a nail-biter for fans of both clubs.


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