Expected outcome: Leeds Utd 2 – 1 Man City
Leeds will face Manchester City at Elland Road on Saturday. It is the master versus the apprentice battle, or we can call it the war of two coaches with similar ideas.
Leeds are back in the PL after 17 years, and they look like a team that is sure to stay for a long time under coach Bielsa. They have won two games and lost one. Leeds sure did not lose their style in the transition from Championship. They stuck to their principles, which guaranteed success, and it is proving to be successful in PL as well. Their opening day exhibition against Liverpool was a classic.
Manchester City is coming after a sorry showing against Leicester. They lost the game 5-2, and one of the worrying factors for Pep Guardiola is that the team gave away three penalties. They defeated Burnley in the midweek EFL cup, which is considered to be a welcome win. Lack of friendly games is affecting the performance, as city was not sharp for most parts of the two PL games they played.
Leeds United’s biggest strength is that the players have adapted to the Bielsa way of playing football. Patrick Bamford, who many said will be finding it hard to score in PL, has scored in all three games. Phillips, who recently made a debut call for the England side, has also been exceptional for Leeds and their wingers Costa and Harrison. Harrison, though will not be available for this game as he is coming up against his parent team.
Manchester City has injury concerns as both Jesus and Aguero are sidelined. In their absence, Sterling has been their main man. City also saw Delap, their 17-year-old forward play. Also, Bernado silva is cleared to play after being tested negative. City will undoubtedly try to use his service in the absence of their star strikers. Their new Signing Dias from Benfica is also expected to start
This is going to be one of the battles to watch from a tactical standpoint. Pep Guardiola considers Marcelo Bielsa as one of his ideals, and this matchup is one to look forward to