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MADSEN: GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR LIONS

Czestochowa captain Leon Madsen admits expectations are growing at the club as they track world speedway’s strongest top three in 2020.

11 / 02 / 2020, 12:14

Czestochowa captain Leon Madsen admits expectations are growing at the club as they track world speedway’s strongest top three in 2020.

The world No.2 teams up with world No.4 Freddie Lindgren and 2017 world champion Jason Doyle, who completed a switch from Torun, to form a powerful Lions top trio.

They join forces with the likes of Pawel Przedpelski, Rune Holta and Jakub Miskowiak as legendary Polish team manager Marek Cieslak hopes to lead the Lions to their first title since 2003.

The expectations are getting a lot higher. But that’s what we want. We want to fight for the top prize and hopefully we can do that.

Leon Madsen

With the club now annual play-off contenders, expectations are growing fast in the city. Madsen insists his side can thrive under the pressure, but he admits ending the club’s title quest will be no easy task.

He said: “There is a lot of pressure on us. It will still be very tough and very close – just to get to the play-offs I think. The Ekstraliga is so tight and all of the teams are good.

“That’s going to put a lot more pressure on us. The expectations are getting a lot higher. But that’s what we want. We want to fight for the top prize and hopefully we can do that.

“We have a strong team and I am sure we can go all the way. But you need to have a season with no injuries and everyone performing at their best.

“I think we have a fair chance of reaching the play-offs in the first place. When you’re in the play-offs, anything can happen. We have the team to do it and that’s what we’ll try to do.”

Madsen posted a video on Instagram this morning to show Lions fans he is well on the road to recovery after four winter operations – two to alleviate pain in his back caused by two cracked discs, another to remove metalwork from his right ankle and a fourth to extract kidney stones.

After a painful end to 2019, Madsen appears to be in great shape. He said: “As you can see, I am training very hard every day. I have just finished my morning training on the bike.

“It’s going very well. The ankle is fine. I don’t feel any pain anymore. So it’s very nice. You don’t need to worry about me when the season starts. I will be fit and strong. I cannot wait.

“The weather looks good. I don’t think it will be a long time before we see you all again at the stadium.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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