Simon Grayson has told the League Paper that Marcelo Bielsa must alter Leeds United training over the busy Christmas period.
Leeds face Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Hull City and Nottingham Forest within the space of 10 days. They start with a trip to Villa on Sunday in front of Sky Sports’ cameras.
During the early stages of the season, pundits suggested that Bielsa’s high-press tactics could see Leeds players suffer from burnout. But after 22 games, they top the division.
But with such a heavy schedule upcoming, former Leeds boss Grayson has told Bielsa to alter his training sessions.
“If Bielsa is sticking with his squad, I’m sure he’ll adapt his training methods to cope with the busy winter period,” Grayson said. “In my experience, fitness and tactical work take a bit of a back seat.
“You keep sharp sessions to a minimum and make sure you aren’t on the grass too long. Rest and recovery are vital. When do you travel to away games? Where do you stay? And you have to know your individuals.
“Older players can be a vital part of your team but their body can’t take – and doesn’t need – the same workload as a younger player.”
Leeds have clocked up five successive wins, conceding just one goal in that time and sit at the top of the Championship ahead of Norwich City.
But perhaps more importantly, Leeds have opened up a six-point gap on the play-off places. Maintaining a strong run of form throughout Christmas could see the Whites increase that lead even further.