Over-spending on transfer fees and wages meant the club had to sell their best players and after three years in League One, they are now back in the Championship.
Freund said: “Yes of course I’m surprised.
“During my time here as a player we always had difficult games at Elland Road. They were a really strong team, they finished in the semi-finals of the Champions League and they are not in the Premier League at the moment.
“That’s why it’s a surprise for me but still they have a very strong squad.