The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

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The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

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Good Morning. It's Friday 20th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


The show must go on

The EFL, FA and Premier League have extended the Soccer season by a further four weeks. The governing bodies of football had originally hoped that they would have positive news to share regarding finishing the season by the 3rd April; but as the deadly virus shows no sign of letting up, this date has now been extended by another four weeks.

The good news for teams in the Championship is the football wig bigs have agreed that they will do everything in their power to finish the season - but will that be enough? The EFL issued the following statement yesterday...

The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19. We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season." However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football. Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.




Alex Bruce - Impossible to replicate what you do on training ground

Former Whites defender Alex Bruce, son of Steve, believes the Leeds players will not be able to reproduce a Bielsa style training session from home. The 35 year old centre back who is winding down his career with Kilmarnock concludes that the lack of interaction and competitiveness in training will take its toll on Bielsa's isolated squad.

It’s impossible for any footballer to replicate what you do on the training ground. When you train by yourself, it’s absolutely impossible to do what you do in training. There’s no training more beneficial to a footballer than when you are doing football-related exercises with the amount of bodies to a similar level to what you are.

Bielsa demands certain fitness levels, only he will know when the players come back the level they are at. Footballers are that athletic, certainly in my career, I noticed that when you go back for pre-seasons now, it doesn’t look like some certain people have been away.




With players training from home, could this be a blessing in disguise

We are all aware of Bielsa's stringent demands when it comes to fitness, and with the players now training in their living room instead of a full size pitch at Thorp Arch, their aerobic levels will drop. Is that a bad thing?

We know there is not going to be any action for the next 5 weeks. Shouldn't the players be allowed to relax and take it easy for a few weeks? Had they continued to train throughout all this uncertainty, how long would they have been able to keep going, before burn out? Surely, the players are naturally fit, they don't smoke or drink and they eat a balanced diet. As long as they go through an hours basic regime, should that suffice?

Could this be a blessing in disguise? With 80 percent of the season spent, only 14 players have played more than six games for the Whites - surely the fewest players used in the league? If the players aerobic levels drop, will they still be able to play Bielsa ball?

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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

Post by SaraM » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:20 am

I fear this break in competitive games and normal training will hit us harder than other teams. Our superiority lies in our fitness, our sharpness, and our interplay as a unit, all of which will suffer.
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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

Post by HarryofOz » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:23 am

SaraM wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:20 am
I fear this break in competitive games and normal training will hit us harder than other teams. Our superiority lies in our fitness, our sharpness, and our interplay as a unit, all of which will suffer.
Or maybe our superior fitness levels will mean that we return to football fitter than anyone else.
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Post by Ratscoot » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:25 am

HarryofOz wrote:
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Or maybe our superior fitness levels will mean that we return to football fitter than anyone else.
Hope so :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by faaip » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:25 am

Add to that playing behind closed doors in all probability and every game becomes a lottery. Teams with players that don't rely on fitness and team work may finish stronger..You don't lose the football IQ or techniques.
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Post by Irish Ian » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:32 am

Morning folks,

The squad will re asemble weeks before kick off, pre season will begin, perhaps a couple of friendlies behind closed doors to help with match fitness and sharpness. But it is the same for everyone.

I am more concerned with the effect CVid 19 will have on the spending power of the average person in the street.
Will the money be there in the fanbase after we are through this?

Can clubs continue to afford to pay hideous wages to footballers in the light of such a crushing blow to the economy? 170k to lose jobs, savings obliterated as a result.
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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

Post by SaraM » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:41 am

I don't think it is the same for everyone, because not everyone plays Bielsaball. The demands are different.
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Post by BGwhite » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:03 am

The players will be continually monitored make no mistake. Bielsa and his staff will know the implications of this layoff and will be checking daily on the players. This is no holiday for them, it's work which will have been drilled into them. I wouldn't like to be a player whose levels have dropped during all of this . This team are on a mission letting nothing stand in their way. When play resumes they will be ready to finish what they started without a doubt so the other teams had better be ready for what they've got coming. .the juggernaut stops for no-one !
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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

Post by 1964white » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:12 am

So Alex Bruce thinks he knows Bielsa's Leeds from the wilderness of Kilmarnock

I trust Marcelo beyond any no-mark in football circles

Bielsa will have us ready if & when the season resumes!

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Post by HarryofOz » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:22 am

1964white wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:12 am
So Alex Bruce thinks he knows Bielsa's Leeds from the wilderness of Kilmarnock

I trust Marcelo beyond any no-mark in football circles

Bielsa will have us ready if & when the season resumes!
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However there is also a downside, one of which is the need to fill space. This is bad enough when sport is actually happening, but really drags the bottom of the barrel when it isn't.

It seems that all you have to do is be an ex-player for a team (and it's not just Leeds), for the media (professional and blog-types) to turn to you as if you have some sort or expert or inside knowledge/understanding/awareness/insight into what is happening at your former club.
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Post by faaip » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:30 am

Except he is an ex footballer who will have these experiences ..Plus we don't know what MB's opinions on this are as he wanted to keep training going. I don't get the angst against everyone who comments however reasonably (and Bruce's comments are perfectly reasonable) Surely he'd know a hell of a lot more than anyone here.
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Post by gessa » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:11 pm

Kudos for keeping these going Ell. must be getting more difficult by the day.

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Post by 1964white » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:21 pm

Aye top man Matt

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Post by dezzy » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:33 pm

Jack Harrison seems to be enjoying his training at home if his Instagram story is anything to go by!!
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Post by weasel » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:09 pm

The likelihood is that the players will be able to keep to a decent level of fitness. They will all have been given fitness programs to follow and will all have the state of the art gym equipment. You would hope that our players would be fully motivated to keep fit given the potential rewards and in theory they'd be far more likely to keep in tip top shape than players for a mid-table side who could well be seeing it as the start of their holiday period.
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Post by gessa » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:46 pm

1964white wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:31 pm

Flash b#stards, flaunting their toilet roll.

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Post by 1964white » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:50 pm

gessa wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:46 pm
Flash b#stards, flaunting their toilet roll.
:lol: :lol:

Good aren't they

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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 20th March) Could training from home be a blessing in disguise

Post by Ellandback1 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:17 pm

Appreciated guys, but we have an amazing assortment of posters which makes it easier.

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