Patrick Bamford reveals what it’s like playing under Marcelo Bielsa

Patrick Bamford continued his stellar campaign, notching another goal in Leeds 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old has now scored 12 goals in 22 games this season, and is flourishing in the Premier League under Marco Bielsa.

After the win, Jamie Carragher quizzed Bamford on what it was like to play as a striker under Bielsa, who is renowned for pushing his players in terms of both ability and effort.

“Non-stop running, that’s first and foremost, you’ve got to give 100%. Your first job is to defend, you have to provide that defensive pressure at the start of the playing out for them. That makes it easier for our defenders to read the game.” Bamford explained.

“So the defending starts with me, that’s the first thing. Then constantly mixing it up, never standing still, trying to come short, go long, go long, come short – just keep mixing it up.”

The striker went on to joke that it’s sometimes impossible to maintain the levels of energy that the manager is looking for. “It’s physically demanding and I’m not going to lie, I can’t do it for 90 minutes all the time, sometimes I’ve got to have a little walk.”

“It pays off, he’s developed me into a much stronger person and player.”

Bamford also revealed that he had made himself captain of his Fantasy Football team ahead of the game, and was nearly left kicking himself after missing an easy chance in the first half.

Leeds now sit 10th in the Premier League table, one point above Arsenal who they will meet on Sunday afternoon.

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