Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson has dismissed any suggestion that tiredness is playing its part as he is firmly used to the hectic Christmas schedule.

The Whites have played seven times in the last 32 days and have managed to keep their place at the top of the table despite losing their last two games.




Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had a number of injury problems to deal with this season, but the team have worked well as a unit to keep their consistency up for large parts of the season.

Jansson has featured in 20 league games for Leeds this season and believes tiredness is a state of the mind and eventually, players get used to playing a lot of games in a short period.
 


“It’s been a lot of games. Busy days”, Jansson told LUTV at the City Ground.

“But when a game starts, it always feels fresh. It feels tiring between the games, but every time when a game starts you feel ready to go again.
 

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“Every time the game starts, the head prepares for it. Like ‘okay, now it’s a game, you have to be ready’. So it comes by itself I think.

“This is the third time I’m doing this [Christmas period], my third year in Leeds.

“I think you need getting used to it also.

"But for some of the players who haven’t done it before I can imagine that it’s a bit tough."

Leeds will begin their FA Cup campaign with a clash against QPR on Sunday before taking on Derby County at home in the Championship.