Patrick Bamford has admitted that the Leeds United players go into some games feeling “tired” but said that this was just a state of mind.
He said that he’d never been as fit as he is under Marcelo Bielsa and that the real “blowout” in training is Murderball.
Bamford made all the headlines on Sunday at the King Power as he set up two and scored one in a 3-1 win for Leeds United against Leicester.
Talking after the game he admitted he’d taken the captain’s armband off himself in his FPL side after blanking in the four previous games.
Bamford was talking again on talkSPORT this morning (Breakfast show, Monday, 9am) and was asked by Ally McCoist about the team’s fitness which the pundit claimed was “absolutely incredible.”
McCoist asked Bamford, “Do you feel fitter than the other sides?”
“Some games, the lads go in feeling tired,” Bamford admitted, “but the staff and manager have got it nailed on in terms of us being at peak fitness, despite feeling tired. That’s just a state of mind.”
“I haven’t ever been as fit and I’m sure the other players think the same.”
Talking about Bielsa’s training regime, Bamford said, “Murderball is on Wednesday and that’s the real blowout. I’m telling you it’s 10x harder than an actual game.
“You can’t stop, if the ball goes out of play, it’s straight back in again.
“You can forgive yourself if you’re not having a great game but if you’re not running that’s a choice. You can affect the game if you’re running a lot even if you’re not playing well.”
Fit for purpose
This was a brilliant interview with Bamford.
As eloquent off the pitch as he is talented on it, Bamford made a fantastic point about fitness at Leeds – tired is a state of mind. But the Leeds players are human and football in the Premier League is tiring.
Tired perhaps isn’t the first word you think of when you watch Leeds play.
As Leeds Live journalist Joe Donnohue pointed out on Sunday, Leeds have outrun their opponents in all 20 Premier League games so far this season.
20 in-a-row.#LUFC have outrun their Premier League opponents in 20 consecutive matches this season. The only team Leeds haven't outrun is Southampton – because they haven't played them yet. pic.twitter.com/vX2DnYDzWB
— Joe Donnohue (@JoeDonnohue) January 31, 2021
They run the whole game and never let up, and that’s had a huge effect on results for a side that was mid-table in the Championship when Bielsa arrived.
With Rodrigo and Raphinha possibly missing out on Wednesday after going off with injuries, Bielsa could name a starting XI that’s the same as the one that got Leeds promoted from the Championship.
Leeds have 29 points from their first 20 games and can give anyone a good game in the Premier League.
It’s a phenomenal achievement and it shows the effect Bielsa has had on the players.
And Bamford is right… You can forgive players for having an off game (although Twitter isn’t very forgiving) but you can never excuse a lack of effort or a lack of fitness.
Tired is different to unfit and Leeds players always give 100%.
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