Uwe Rosler has commented on Leeds United’s progress in pre-season.
Speaking to the official leeds website, Uwe Rosler has assessed the recent ongoings in Leeds’ pre-season training, commenting on what work has been the main focus of recent sessions.
He said: “There have been lot of high-intensity football games – small-sided but also 11 versus 11. We’re starting to work tactically as well on formation and pressing and pattern of play. The players need a good balance between working them hard but also refreshing them and making sure we’re not losing players to injuries.”
This fitness work is always central to early weeks in pre-season, but it is good to know that Rosler is already starting to bring his tactical work into squad sessions.
As he has stated his desire to play a high-pressing style, utilising two specific systems - a 4-3-3 and a 3-5-2 - Rosler needs to focus a lot on tactics training this summer.
The Whites utilised two systems last season, notably the 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2 diamond, and the team will be required to learn the new system in time for the start of the system.
Although a 4-3-3 can be fairly similar to a 4-2-3-1, learning a formation with three at the back is tricky, and doing it wrong can be costly.
Rosler has started early in his attempts to make his players adaptable to both systems, as well as utilising fitness training to make sure his players are suited to the high-pressing needs.
It promises to be an intriguing season for Leeds in the 2015/16 campaign, and Rosler is already working his players hard to ensure that the Yorkshire club get off to a great start when competitive football begins.