Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has explained comments he made on Marcelo Bielsa’s training regime.
The Sweden international appeared to question Bielsa’s intense methods and complained of being tired before games.
Jansson said that the Leeds boss has his philosophy and won’t adapt to the rugged schedule of the Championship as well as telling his fatigued players to “train even harder to make it better”.
But the Whites defender later explained his comments on his Twitter account saying that he was simply explaining the training regime under Bielsa and that he “sometimes says things with a bit of irony” as well as saying that his manager was “one of the best in the world”.
I did a podcast in Sweden about some of the work we are doing with Bielsa and i name him one of the best in the world and everything he done for us is just amazing so dont think anything else. Sometimes a say things with a bit of irony so don’t take every word to serious! https://t.co/SitG9bl81b
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) February 5, 2019
The West Yorkshire side have not been outside the top six of the Championship since the arrival of the Argentine coach and have been riding high at the top of the league in recent weeks but a run of four defeats from their last six matches have seen them drop to second place.
Leeds were comfortably beaten by promotion rivals Norwich City at Elland Road on Saturday evening and Bielsa admitted after the match that he felt responsible for his side’s poor defending.
Jansson, who played the full 90 minutes in the defeat to the Canaries, gave an insight into the gruelling training regime under the Whites manager.
“On Wednesday we have something called ‘killer ball’. It is football 11 against 11, but it is only to run as much as possible, even for me who is central defender,” said Jansson as the players are all monitored on GPS.
“But then he drives on with one of the longest training sessions a week on Thursday. He goes through everything that can happen in the match. It’s about defending at posts, defending one against one, defending two against two, playing, how to build from behind.
“It is very divided into the exercises then as well, but all the time it’s intensity, running and working very intensively all the time. When you start approaching the match you normally want to slow down a bit, but Thursday training is probably the longest we have.”
Leeds travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday who are themselves in the promotion mix and have been in the top six for the majority of the season.
Boro, who have the best defensive record in the Championship, have not tasted defeat since losing to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.