Noel Whelan loved what Fabinho said about Leeds United during Monday night’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The former Whites hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, shared his delight at what Patrick Bamford heard Fabinho say to his defenders.
Bamford told The Official Leeds United podcast how he overheard the Liverpool player complaining about how deep and tired their defence was.
He said, “Fabinho was saying to the rest of the back four a lot: ‘we’re too deep, we’re too deep, we need to get up, we need to get up.”
Whelan loved what he heard from Bamford and hailed Marcelo Bielsa for getting Leeds to a level of fitness where they can easily go for over 90 minutes.
“Yeah, we know how we play and it’s all about fitness,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“It’s about going to 93 minutes and putting players under pressure on the ball and off the ball.
“I don’t think there are many sides out there that are fitter than us and can last to 93 or 94 minutes.
“It’s intense, it’s aggressive and hitting people on the counter-attack with that pace and power we have is a joy to watch.
“They don’t like that kind of pressure the opposition, you have to hit a certain level of fitness if you’re going to be successful in any league and that’s what Bielsa has done.
“He’s got them into top nick and playing in the way they all know and believe in.”
Diego Llorente’s late header secured a point for Leeds after Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the first half.
The result kept Leeds in the top half of the Premier League table ahead of this weekend’s clash against Manchester United.