Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler says his players need to be 'very fit' to play his style of football

Uwe Rosler

Elland Road may be seeing lean and fit players next season after the 46-year-old provided an insight into his pre-season training.

Uwe Rosler has been speaking to the Leeds United site about how happy he is to get back out on the pitch and coach players now pre-season has begun, as well as how he is going to be working the Leeds squad into the side he wants.

In boiling conditions, Rosler revealed that players were tested last week and will have to work hard to meet his standards when it comes to fitness.

"For the way that I want to play, the boys need to be very fit," the former Manchester City striker told the Leeds website. "We tested them last week on Friday and Saturday.

“A consequence of the testing is that we have to put in the hard work and we have to put the volume in. What you put in now, you get out in the season.

“Every session will be based on football elements but obviously the physical work has to be done.

“You do it with the ball very often but sometimes you do it without the ball. It’s not the nicest part of the season if you are a player, but it has to be done to get a good base for the months to come.” 

The German's high tempo, pressing game would certainly work well with the right players, and it looks like the ex Brentford and Wigan manager is focusing on tailoring his squad from day one of pre-season. 

Rosler may be right to focus on fitness

The Championship is a committed, physical league, where there are 46 matches often played at a frenetic pace where an emphasis on speed, stamina and strength can help teams achieve their goals.

Those players that have put in the extra work in pre-season will find themselves in optimum condition for the campaign, and so able to contribute more from August all the way through to the last minute of the playoff final in May if necessary.

If Rosler is successful in demanding a style of play that relies on heightened levels of stamina, then it could be Leeds that are the side finishing strongly in the majority of matches.

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