Jesse Marsch remains grounded despite Leeds’ impressive start to the season

Jesse Marsch has tried to put the brakes on rising expectations at Elland Road after Leeds United’s impressive start to the Premier League season.

Leeds travel to Brighton on Saturday third in the table after last week’s stunning win over Chelsea, but head coach Marsch remains grounded.

The American said: “The moment you think you’re doing well, you get a slap in the face. We are very aware of this.

“We need to stay focused and fully focused on improving and maximizing our potential every day.”

Leeds continued their unbeaten start in the league in three games by beating Yorkshire rivals Barnsley 3-1 to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night after making nine changes to their starting line-up.

“Before the (Barnsley) game I said close the door on this (Chelsea) result because it means nothing in the next game,” said Marsch.

“I’ve heard people say after the (Chelsea) game it was a benchmark but I don’t think about it that much.

“The margin for error is so narrow, the line between success and failure is so fine. We just need to know that we can play at a certain level and still have the drive and hunger to get even better.

“I think we have that in us and that’s the goal, never to stop.”

Marsch, who guided Leeds to top safety on the last day of last season, said it was “dangerous” to talk about expectation.

“It’s much more valuable to talk game by game,” he said. “It’s always like that, but when you have one of the best teams in the league, you can of course dream of titles.

“For us it’s more about whether we really have a strong environment, get everyone healthy and at their best, have options in every position, at every moment for every game and can achieve our best level in every game.

“If we do that, I think we can get a lot of points and then maybe in a few weeks or a few months we can start talking about midfield or top 10, but we’re not there yet.”

Patrick Bamford is hoping for his latest comeback from injury at Brighton, where he is expected to start on the bench.

Bamford, who missed most of last season after a series of injuries, was withdrawn from the recent Southampton draw with a groin strain.

Skipper Liam Cooper is fighting for his first Premier League appearance of the season. He played the first 45 minutes against Barnsley after recovering from an Achilles injury.

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