View: Michael Owen makes Leeds 'fatigue' claim for clash v Brighton
Former Premier League striker Michael Owen has made a ridiculous claim about Leeds United ahead of their game against Brighton on Saturday.
Now working in the capacity of a pundit, Owen, in his Bet Victor column, suggested that Leeds would be fatigued going into the Brighton contest.
He wrote, “The visitors [Leeds] have had a string of extremely difficult matches. To be undefeated after playing City, Liverpool and Manchester United is a great effort.
“However, the dynamic slightly changes when you go into a match where fans will be expecting a result.
“That combined with fatigue, makes me think we could see a home win here. It’s 1-0 Brighton for me.”
That time of the season again
This really should have been put to bed by now.
Every so-called expert on Marcelo Bielsa wants to tell you that his teams, and especially Leeds will ‘burn out’ by the end of the season.
These claims were disproved already as we were in red hot form before the lockdown was announced and continued in the same vein once football had resumed.
Bielsa indeed works his players extremely hard in training but he’s been in the game a lot longer than most of these critics have, so there’s a good chance he knows what he’s doing.
When Owen talks about fatigue, we’re not sure where he’s coming from as if one looks at the metrics, we’re by far out-working and more importantly out-sprinting everyone, not just in the Premier League, but also in world football.
Sprint Distance benchmarks for 2020/21 season with both competition and team aggregation. Data shown is team level and normalised for playing time differences (P900). pic.twitter.com/WRrPedNswc
— SkillCorner (@SkillCorner) April 28, 2021
The next Premier League side is nowhere close enough, meaning the players have delivered these numbers over the course of the season and are continuing to put in the hard yards in every game.
We’ve noticed that if one has nothing to criticise Bielsa and Leeds about, as is the case now, they resort to outlandish burnout and exhaustion claims and we’re frankly done with this kind of nonsense.
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