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Leeds defender Jansson opens up about working under ‘intense’ Bielsa

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has revealed the mentality behind Marcelo Bielsa’s intense training sessions.

Despite competing in a 42-game league, the Argentine manager believes training should be intense, pushing players to work even harder if they are tired.

Despite the heavy workload, centre-back Pontus Jansson insists what Bielsa has done for the Leeds United players’ improvement is “amazing”.

“Everything he has done for us is amazing,” Jansson told the Fotbollsexperterna Podcast.

“There’s much more high-intensity training and much more running we do during the week, unlike what we’ve done before.

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“We still play in the Championship, which is said to be the toughest league in the world with the most matches, and almost always in every workout we do running without ball, high-intensity runs and sprints. We do this almost every day and sometimes the day before the match.”

“The worst thing for us is that you can sometimes feel tired before the match because we work so intensely. He (Bielsa) has a philosophy that if you are tired you should train even harder to make it better. He has that philosophy and won’t change.

“We thought he would understand after a while that the league is a bit tougher and that you sometimes have to be a little smarter about how to train but he has not changed anything, just driven on almost even harder. He has his philosophy and does not let it go.”

Leeds are currently joint-top of the Championship with Norwich City, who edge them on goal difference.

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