Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch seemed to take a hit at Marcelo Bielsaclaiming his players were “overtrained” before his appointment in February.
In an interview with talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, the former RB Leipzig head coach spoke candidly about his first two months in charge of Elland Road.
He opened up on his ‘incredible’ squad, current style of play and comparison to Bielsa, who helped Los Blancos secure Premier League promotion for the 2020/21 season after a 16-year absence.
Marsch also suggested that Bielsa’s intense training methods were to blame for the long list of injury problems in recent months.
“The injury issue, for me, had a lot to do with training methodology,” he said. week, match after match.
“I have a very specific methodology with the way I work and I have a reputation for having high running data, but also for having healthy, fit and strong players – who can meet the standards of the game we want.”
👀 “The #LUFC injury issues had a lot to do with training methodologies.
🥵 “These players were overtrained!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 12, 2022
The 48-year-old continued: ‘You could see it in their faces. You could see in the 15th minute that some of them were already maxed out – and that shouldn’t be the case.
“I know there were a lot of games and the guys had to play over and over because of the injuries. I find that in this sport you have to have a fit team, but the healthier your best players are and able to perform at a high level, that’s how you create success.
“I worked very carefully through methodologies on how we train, how we play and how it all fits together.”
Bielsa’s training methods are notoriously intense. During his time at Athletic Bilbao, the Argentine asked for the session to be recorded and well, you can see how demanding it was.
In the talkSPORT interview, Marsch also talked about players picking up “bad habits” when tired.
“The other part is just the style of play,” he added. “Marcelo had such a strong man-vs-man style of play. And trying to tear players away from three and a half years of instruction to do just that, moving on to what we’re trying to do, was extremely difficult for the players. to adapt.
“They worked very hard there, but they still have bad habits, especially when they are tired on the pitch. It’s normal.
“I’m going to tell them a story today. I was watching a video on the bus ride home [from Watford]and I was frustrated with some of the things that we still don’t grasp that quickly.
“But then when I got off the bus and went to get in my car, I got on the wrong side because I’m still not used to it! So I thought, well, I have to be a little more patient with them.
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