Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa says he is racked with anxiety despite Saturday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield sending his side top of the Championship with nine games to go.
Goals from former Arsenal full-back Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford saw the Whites claim a vital three points from a pulsating Yorkshire derby.
Leeds have now won their past five games without conceding and are now seven points clear of Fulham in third place.
But despite the growing points gap meaning his side's likelihood of automatic promotion to the Premier League looking greater than ever, Bielsa admitted after the win that he is feeling the pressure more than ever.
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"Nine games to go – last part of the season hardest? More pressure and anxiety?" the Argentine manager was asked.
"Yes," he responded. "But depending on the results as well. Maybe the competition finishes in the last match or maybe before.
"We have 27 points left. We don’t know how many points we are going to need, but we have nine matches/chances to get the points we need.
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"Of course, there is anxiety until we get what we are looking for, but this is for every team in the league. Also, for the team who competes in the best way.
"Regarding this point you mentioned: this is the assessment we have to do from now until the competition finishes."
Injured Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte took to social media to laud the Whites, as he posted a picture of himself alongside Marcelo Bielsa, whom he worked under at Athletic Bilbao earlier in his career.
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Laporte suggested that he expects to see Leeds dining at English football’s top table next season with his comment.
"And another one .. #MOT @LUFC we will see you next season," he wrote.
"We defended well, we didn't receive real chances, just the one in the first half," added Bielsa.
"In attack, we could have scored maybe one more goal. I am happy for (Patrick Bamford), centre-forwards need to score. Today he scored a typical goal for a centre-forward."
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