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15 December,


Robbie Keane explains why Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United remind him of Champions Leage success

Robbie Keane has hailed Leeds United’s Champions League exploits in 2001 as the highlight of his time at Elland Road.

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The popular striker spent 18 months in West Yorkshire during a time which was regarded as the pinnacle of the club’s success in recent years, Eurasia Diary reports citing footballleagueworld.
 
Leeds reached the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition during Keane’s time on loan from Inter Milan, and while the on-the-field success was a real highlight, the striker said that it was even more special due to his father’s love of Leeds United.
 
Speaking about his favourite Leeds memory, as quoted by Leeds Live, Keane said: “It’s very tough to pick one.
 
“Even at other clubs, it’s tough to pick one, because for me as a striker you’re always judged on scoring goals. I scored a few goals, so there’s always a few that I really enjoyed.”
 
Robbie Keane has hailed Leeds United’s Champions League exploits in 2001 as the highlight of his time at Elland Road.
 
The popular striker spent 18 months in West Yorkshire during a time which was regarded as the pinnacle of the club’s success in recent years.
 
Leeds reached the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition during Keane’s time on loan from Inter Milan, and while the on-the-field success was a real highlight, the striker said that it was even more special due to his father’s love of Leeds United.
 
Speaking about his favourite Leeds memory, as quoted by Leeds Live, Keane said: “It’s very tough to pick one.
 
“Even at other clubs, it’s tough to pick one, because for me as a striker you’re always judged on scoring goals. I scored a few goals, so there’s always a few that I really enjoyed.”
 
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“Maybe that, I know I wasn’t playing, but that was special. Walking around Elland Road was something special, my Dad was a Leeds fan growing up as a kid, so it was special.“But it’s probably me being a part of the club and the Champions League run, I thought that was something special at that time. The club was really in a great place, and the place was absolutely buzzing, the lads were.
 
Keane added: “There was a real feel-good factor toward the club at that time, and unfortunately a couple of years later we had to sell myself and Rio and a few others for money to keep it stable.
 
“But it looks like it’s coming back. He’s [Marcelo Bielsa] obviously done a good job, close last year, I’m sure they’ll be hoping to go up this year. Best of luck to them.”
 
The verdict
 
There’s no doubting that the run to the Champions League semi final was a huge moment for Leeds United.
 
It was a time when the club were absolutely flying and was arguably the last time that supporters attended Elland Road with real optimisim, until now.
 
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have brought back that excitement to west Yorkshire, and the hope will be that they can finish off the good job that’s been done by getting the club back to the Premier League.

 

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