Gary Rowett discusses Leeds training under Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Leeds are currently sitting in second place in the Championship.


Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches one during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 2, 2019 in Leeds,...

Gary Rowett has told Sky Sports podcast EFL Matters that Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United training session are very "game-orientated", and reckons the Argentine's training would have helped his squad buy into his style of play.

Leeds sit in second place and level on points with Norwich City, with fans excited at the prospect of finally gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in the summer of 2004.

The Whites have adopted Bielsa's possession-based, high tempo, high press style - culminating in a 4-1-4-1 system that sees the second bank of four given freedom to join the sole striker.


Former Stoke City and Derby County manager Rowett has claimed he has watched Bielsa train, and reckons the Leeds squad has bought into the methods he has taught and that is why they lie second in the Championship.

"I've looked at some of the stuff that he does," Rowett said. "The way the train is so game-orientated. All of the movements they do in training is based on what they do on a Saturday.

"He's very, very structured in what he does - I've watched his teams before. Their energy is incredible and the fact Leeds are in second is testament to Bielsa and how the squad has bought into his methods."

Gary Rowett manager of Stoke City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

Leeds suffered a fourth defeat in six games on Saturday as Norwich City earned a 3-1 win at Elland Road to topple the Whites and go top. Both sides are on 57 points, with third-placed Sheffield United on 54.

Bielsa and his side take to the pitch on Saturday afternoon at an unusual time of 1pm, as they travel north to Teesside to take on Tony Pulis's Middlesbrough - who sit in the play-offs too.

Gary Rowett the head coach

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