Paul Robinson: Why can't other Premier League teams have players as fit as the Leeds United squad?
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Paul Robinson is baffled by how other Premier League managers are unable to get their players to the fitness levels of the Leeds squad.
Marcelo Bielsa works his players hard – there’s no denying that. His murderball sessions are infamous and are regularly mentioned by the Leeds stars.
Last month, Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane told Gary Neville on Sky Sports’ The Overlap Extra that the Whites have “mad training regimes” and hailed Kalvin Phillips for his fitness ahead of playing alongside him at the European Championships in the summer.
It’s the kind of praise Leeds fans have become accustomed to but ex-goalkeeper Robinson fails to understand why other managers and coaches cannot get their players to physically match the stars of Elland Road.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It surprises me because all the managers and all the players that play against Leeds say how fit they are, how hard they work.
“They don’t come up against a team as hard-working as them so what are other managers doing to their players? If they can see how fit and strong Leeds players are, surely there’s a method?
“There are other teams and squads who have better players – why not get their players to the same level?
“It’s a huge compliment [for Phillips from Kane]. Tyler Roberts is in the Wales squad and Phillips is an integral member of the England squad now.
“He’s almost a guaranteed pick in the squad.”
Phillips was an unused substitute for England on Wednesday night as they beat Austria in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly in Middlesbrough.
He suffered a shoulder injury in the win over West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season but should be fit to play for Gareth Southgate’s side when the tournament properly kicks off in just over a week.
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