Good Morning. It's Tuesday 11th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Jansson opens up about his time at Elland Road
Ahead of tonight's crunch game at Griffin Park, former Leeds favourite Pontus Jansson has been speaking to the Press about his time at Leeds.
If you look at the Arsenal game [in the FA Cup], I was there at the Emirates and Leeds played fantastic. It was the same against QPR, when they lost 1-0. They were good enough to win so sometimes it is just small things.
Maybe not so much in this time of year – I think this time of year I was flying, playing really good – but around March and the beginning of April, especially after the international break, I felt really tired.
Maybe that was because I became a father and maybe I was not sleeping as well, but you would have to ask every individual to get a true answer. Towards the end of last season I felt more mentally tired than physically tired. Maybe it is a common thing and this year it is happening the same as last year for them, but it is difficult to say.
I grew a lot last season, the things that I learned from him and we learned as a team, they are things I will take with me for the rest of my life. I learned so much: how to take care of your body; how well-trained you have to be to play in such a good team; how you have to be on the pitch both physically and mentally; how to learn to read the game, so many things that you could learn from. He also had bad sides – every person has a bad side – but there are so many things I learned from Bielsa.
Asked if he feels misunderstood, Jansson replied...
Yeah, but that’s an easy thing to do, especially nowadays with social media because it is so easy to find one bad thing about a player and you can spread it around the country and around the world.
I have done some bad things on the pitch, like the Aston Villa incident, but that is just how I am. On the pitch maybe I am not the best person but off the pitch I am always respectful. Maybe it has changed a little bit over the years. When I came three years ago, I needed to come into the league and make myself a name but now, four years later, I am more taking care of my teammates as a captain and trying to help them perform well than looking to myself.”
If I could choose the top two teams to go up, I’d choose us and them [Leeds], of course. I still have Leeds on my heart – that does not change just because I left. I will love Leeds until I die, and the same with Brentford. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t want Leeds to lose every game now, because I want us to pass them in the table.
I still have a lot of friends in the team, I talk to the owner and some of the staff, so I want the best for them, but it is difficult when you are fighting against them for the top two spots.
Bielsa's Pre Match Press Conference
Danny Murphy - Leeds have lost their intensity
Soccer Pundit Danny Murphy has been talking to talkSport about Leeds current predicament, and believes it is likely for the second half of the season to replicate itself this term.
They’ve done it again, haven’t they. They’ve had this tremendous run, got that lead and then they just get pulled back. I think that’s partly to do with the intensity they play at.
I’ve got a feeling Fulham will do it now with West Brom, and the rest will fight it out in the play-offs which is a lottery isn’t it.
I believe Murphy speaks a lot of sense when he talks about intensity. That has nothing to do with the players fitness. Clearly Leeds have one of the fittest squads in the league, but when was the last time you saw Leeds chase down an opposition player to get the ball back having just lost it?
How many times in the last 6 weeks have we seen opposition players make surging 50-60 yard runs without being intercepted? It's the intensity that is going to make the difference who's going to get to the 50/50 balls or gain that vital half a yard. For me, that is what Leeds have lost since mid December.