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Morning Leeds-in for 11 April: Leeds guaranteed at least a spot in the playoffs

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Preston North End v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Can we stop for a second and talk about just how great this season has been for Leeds?

At this time last year, Paul Heckingbottom was driving Leeds into the dirt. The year before that, Leeds was falling out of the playoff spots under Garry Monk. This year? Marcelo Bielsa has almost the same collection of players from the previous two years in the automatic promotion spots and this team has already qualified for the playoffs.

What a change.

Bielsa has turned this team into world-beaters without a dump-truck load of investment money or dodgy loan deals. It really is little wonder that Newell’s Old Boys named their stadium after him.

Five games to go and the team’s fate is in their own hands.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Jaime Lanister (aka Leeds fan Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) thinks that Marcelo Bielsa should be the one to sit on the Iron Throne. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Aston Villa came from behind to beat Rotherham United. [7500 to Holte]

Reading FC scored a 97th minute goal to draw 2-2 with Norwich City and lift Reading out of the relegation spots. [The Tilehurst End]

Birmingham City held Sheffield United, meaning that Leeds stay in the two top of the Championship Table. []

World Football Links

A number of Juventus and Ajax fans were arrested during crowd trouble before the Ajax-Juve Champions League match. []

Juventus drew 1-1 with Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. [Black & White & Read All Over]

Fiorentina brass continue to be petty, saying mean things about Stefan Pioli after he quit. Even if he needed to go, Fiorentina really has done the man dirty. [Viola Nation]

AC Milan appear to be in trouble AGAIN with UEFA, although the complaints still mainly deals with the sins of the spending spree of summer of 2017. [AC Milan Offside]

Santos Laguna might have won on the night, but they fell 5-3 on aggregate to Tigres in their CCL semifinal match-up. [FMF State of Mind]