Phil Hay details what Bielsa & Leeds players are doing, shares current health status of squad
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has detailed the current situation at Thorp Arch, as Marcelo Bielsa and his squad try to make sense of the madness that’s engulfed the world.
With all football games suspended until at least April 3, the big question now is whether the remainder of this season will in fact play out at all.
In a report on the Athletic website, Hay claims that while this is what Leeds want – for obvious reasons – there are dissenting voices at both Premier League and EFL levels.
In the meantime, the Leeds players and Bielsa are “holed up” at Thorp Arch, training and trying to maintain fitness levels.
On Friday, Leeds suspended all lower-age academy football until April 4. The Under-18s will now train at home while the first-team squad and the Under-23s remain at Thorp Arch.
The players trained on Saturday but days off are scheduled for this week and intensity of training sessions will drop.
Hay has said that the first-team squad is currently “free of infection” and that there is a senior management meeting set to be held at Leeds later on Monday to discuss all the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic.
It’s very hard to comprehend what’s going through the players’ minds at the moment.
They’ve worked so hard to get to where they are now only for it to be potentially snatched away.
Meanwhile, they have to maintain a certain fitness level in case the season is resumed.
Bielsa has to find a balance. It’s going to be impossible to keep his players at the elite fitness levels they were at during the season.
At the same time, they need to stay fit or at a point where they could reach full match fitness in a couple of weeks.
Bielsa’s style of football demands this and the hope has to be that worst-case scenarios aren’t hit, that the season can resume and that the break doesn’t affect the players too much.
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