Marsch: Leeds players were ‘overtrained’ by Bielsa
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Marsch: Leeds players were ‘overtrained’ by Bielsa

Leeds United's new manager Jesse Marsch believes his players were overtrained under his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa.

Marsch was named as the replacement for Bielsa following the sacking of the 66-year-old in February, an unpopular decision among many Leeds supporters after Bielsa returned the club to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

While he struggled in the first games due to the unavailability of some key players with injuries, he has been on a good run in recent games but believes Bielsa’s infamous training methods contributed to the club’s injury issues.

“The injury issue had a lot to do with the training methodologies. These players were overtrained. It led to them being physically, mentally, psychologically, and emotionally in a difficult place to recover from week to week, from game to game.

“I have a very specific methodology with the way I work. I’ve had a reputation for high running data, but also having healthy, fit, and strong players who can meet the standards in the game that we want. I’ve tried to put that into place to help the players and I think that has helped a lot,” Marsch told talkSPORT.

Next for Leeds who are placed 16th in the league is a tie against Crystal Palace as they seek to stay further away from the relegation zone.

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