Leeds are finishing the season strongly and on course to be in the top half of the Premier League table in their first year back in the top tier of English football.

 

They have lost just one of their last nine league games and Bielsa’s Leeds players have continued to outwork and outrun their opponents even at a late stage of the season.

 

 

Bielsa feels that playing in a relentless league like the Championship for two years prepared his players well for the physical demands of the Premier League.

 

The Leeds manager redirected the praise for the fitness of his players towards the fitness and the medical staff at Leeds and insisted that their work has been integral for what his team have achieved this season.

 

 

Bielsa said in a press conference when asked about the secret behind his players’ fitness levels: “Three years working with a stable group is an advantage and to have been able to have been part of a long championship as the Championship also helps.

 

“Now that you’ve asked me about it I want to give recognition to Benoit Delaval who is the fitness coach and with all the group that’s being led by Rob Price who is in charge of the medical and recovery stuff.

 

 

“Those two structures are very developed in the club.

 

“These things are linked to the physical activities of the players, the recovery of the loads and the health, they have done a very valuable job.

 

“They are professionals who are very up to date and very capable.

 

“And we have been able to take advantage of this condition of the players to do great things.”

 

Leeds will be travelling to the south coast on Tuesday evening to take on Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.