Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler told Radio Yorkshire that his players have already started to suffer slightly in terms of the demands he’s making in pre-season.
The German has explained that he’s drilling his players mentally and physically because it will help in terms of the style that he wants to use in the Championship, which returns in just under one month.
The good news is that he feels his players are adapting nicely to the demands he’s asking of them, as every individual in the squad fights hard for the attention of the manager, who is likely to already be making decisions with regards to his long term starting side.
“The work we’re doing in terms of conditioning relates to the way we want to play and the players are buying into it – They’re a little bit tired, both physically and mentally but they’re exactly where we want them to be at this moment in time,” Rosler told Radio Yorkshire.
An unnecessary risk by Rosler?
Pushing players in terms of their fitness is important for any manager in pre-season because of how the intensity rises when the competitive action returns.
The risk is that players are more vulnerable to little injuries, which could turn into something more serious, when they are being pushed too hard to early.
However, as Rosler explains, the squad is exactly where he wants them to be in terms of their fitness at the moment and he has to be trusted to make the right decisions.
He has enough experience in the Championship to know what a reasonable level of expectation is with regards to pre-season and he’ll take any risk factor if it means he’s got the fittest team in the division next year.