December 3, 2022

Tony Dorigo has highlighted the importance of Leeds United’s friendly schedule before the Premier League resuming on December 28th for Jesse Marsch’s squad.
Leeds, like the rest of the Premier League, are taking a step back from club football until later next month owing to the World Cup in Qatar.
Of Marsch’s squad, only Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams (both USMNT) and Rasmus Kristensen (Denmark) are at the World Cup, with a number of others like Robin Koch, Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo Moreno overlooked.
Writing in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Dorigo touched on the difficulty of this unique break.
“For the rest of the squad it will be difficult to stay fully sharp while they’re not playing games, it’s just not the same going running or doing fitness programmes during time off from Thorp Arch duties. There will be certain players who were on the verge of national team squads who will be frustrated that they’re not out there in Qatar and have that disappointment to deal with during the break.
There are a lot of others who will be just enjoying it and watching as much football as possible but I think very quickly they will be switching their brains back on to the mid-season pre-season, if you like, to get back on it with Leeds and hit the ground running when the league resumes.
Because that training at Thorp Arch won’t be enough in the eyes of Dorigo, getting in two or three fixtures before Leeds face Man City on December 28th is particularly important. It’s confirmed they will take on Real Sociedad at Elland Road on December 16th in the build-up to that fixture.
“I think those two or three games we have lined up before the 28th will be important for match fitness and to keep any rust at bay, and hopefully before those take place the players can give their minds a bit of a rest from the stress and demands of life as a Premier League footballer.
There’s a couple of ways to look at this World Cup break from Leeds’ point of view.
A break will do them good and give them a chance to recover from a hectic schedule so far this season, whilst there’s a case to say that Marsch still needs what’s effectively another pre-season to get his ideas across fully.
However, as Dorigo states, there are hurdles to overcome. This break is strange and Leeds’ players have to adapt, whilst others have to get over World Cup heartbreak after missing out on squads.
Returning to training in the next week or so will help, as will playing a number of friendly fixtures before December 28th. Those games should, fingers crossed, make sure Leeds can hit the ground running.
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