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How Bamford prepares for a game

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Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford spoke to the My Mate's a Footballer podcast about what he does to prepare for a match: "Under this manager, on the Friday, we're at home having dinner with the family, It's just like a normal week night. We have breakfast in the morning at home, and then we meet up at the stadium at about quarter past eleven.

"We then get on the bus to the hotel in town where we have a pre-match meal, anywhere between three and a half and four hours before kickoff, it's just like a breakfast. You end up eating a big meal the night before and something before you go to bed to load up a bit.

When asked about team news, Bamford said: "With some managers, we know the team the day before the game. Now just before we leave the hotel, so about an hour and a half before kick-off is when he tells us the team.

"I do prefer to know the day before, because if you know you're not starting, you can get your head round it by the time the game comes, you're not angry about it.

"If I'm going into a game, I give myself a list of three things I want to focus on in the game. It might be working on peeling off a certain centre-back, or finish in a certain position every time I attack the box, because that's where all the chances have been against that team. Sometimes I come off and think 'I didn't do that!'

Listen to the full episode here

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