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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that Marcelo Bielsa has had a running track built around Thorp Arch and shared details about it, on the Peter Crouch podcast.

Leeds are one of the fittest sides in the Premier League, and that is no surprise with Bielsa as their manager.

The Leeds boss is renowned as a hard task master, who sets very high demands of his players in training.

And Bamford has now shared the news that Bielsa has made a running track, where he tests Leeds players out with numerous exercises.

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“He’s built a track around the training ground, it’s a running track but it’s not an athletics track. It’s got hills in it, it’s up and down. It’s a bit weird,” Bamford said.

“There’s a 12 minute test where you have to run as far as you can in 12 minutes and then there’s a 1km one, where you have to run it as fast as you can.

“In the 12 minute one, I was pants! My aim was to get to 3km, but there were people clearing 3.5kms and I was literally just clearing 3km. The 1km one, as fast as you can, I’m alright at though.”

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Bielsa’s rather unique methods have certainly worked for Leeds this season.

The Whites have done spectacularly well in their first season back in the top flight and are well on track for a top half finish now.

Bielsa’s swashbuckling style has earned many admires this term, but it has also earned excellent results on the pitch.

Leeds and Bamford are next in action on Saturday, when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

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