Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told the Yorkshire Evening Times about how his side will deal with the strain of extensive travelling in the next few days.
Having secured a point against Reading yesterday, Leeds now hit the road again for a mid-week game against Bristol City.
Leeds have a very young and developing squad and Rosler is wary of the impact that being on the road for an extended period of time will have over his players and he’s suggested the best way for them to deal with it.
“The schedule we have had to go through at the moment is not good. I have to say that but I don’t want to make excuses so it’s better to say it now than before (kick-off). It’s character-building if you come through this schedule and get a good amount of points. After that, I think everything is easy,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“For us it’s vital how we recover. We have to live like monks – no alcohol, no sex! We’re going back up and down the motorways again and for that reason it was very important to get this point.”
Rotation is key
It’s important for Rosler to rotate effectively to be able to keep the key areas of his team fit and fresh.
The introduction of midfielder Kalvin Phillips against Reading showed the strength of the club’s youth system and the options it provides for the manager in terms of new players.
It’s unfortunate that the club have been hit with a difficult batch of fixtures so early on in the season, but it’s something the team just needs to accept before moving on to enjoy more favourable runs of games over the next couple of months.