Alan Hutton has revealed he was worried about facing Leeds United when he learned Marcelo Bielsa was training his team three times a day at full pelt.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa right-back has given great insight into what it’s like to face Leeds under Bielsa.
The defender, 34, was in the Villa side that were beaten 3-2 at home by United on 23 December last year, and was on the bench for the return fixture at Elland Road, which controversially finished 1-1.
Hutton, who is set to hang up his boots for punditry, explained how word got around in the first half of last season how Bielsa’s training sessions had transformed the team that finished 13th the previous season.
“It’s very difficult facing a Bielsa side,” Hutton told Football Insider. “He’s got them working so hard. I always remember, and I don’t know how it came out, but I heard he was getting them training two and three times a day and it was very high press and 100-percent all the time.
“I knew going into it was going to be difficult and I think you get that feeling as soon as a game kicks off. It’s in your face, boys are
putting crosses into the box and they’re running at full sprint back, you really know you’re in for a game when that starts to happen.
“We all knew it was going to be difficult. Massive support, massive team, good player.”
Leeds finished third in last season’s Championship, but lost their play-off semi-final against Derby County.
Dean Smith’s side finished the campaign strongly to end up fifth and just seven points behind Leeds before triumphing in the play-offs to secure the third promotion spot.
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