Guardiola reserved his stars for next week’s European duel in Dortmund
Leeds won the game with an impeccable exercise of effectiveness: two shots on goal, two goals
The expulsion of Cooper in the added time of the first part did not affect Bielsa’s team
It is City’s second defeat in the last 24 Premier League games.
It was a strange match. I miss from the start because Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, decided to reserve his best players for next week’s European commitment in Dortmund (2-1 for the English in the first leg) and did not even exhaust the quota of the five changes. He only did two: Gündogan and Foden. And strange because with one less player, Leeds from Marcelo bielsa he took the game in added time with a goal from Dallas, which stripped the citizen defense.
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City did not have control of the game at any time. On a sunny afternoon in Manchester, the unusual eleven of Guardiola, where De Bruyne, Dias, Mahrez or Rodri did not play for a single minute, he was subjected to the traditional football stress caused by the aggressive football that Bielsa injects his Leeds. City experienced its second defeat in the last 24 Premier League games.
There are two words that it is difficult for them to work in common, we deserved to win but it would have been fair for City to win
Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds coach
Everything was so strange that even Bielsa, just after the match, left a strange phrase as a summary of the match. “There are two words that it is difficult for them to work in common, we deserved to win but it would have been fair for City to win. It is very difficult but it is what I think,” the Argentine coach acknowledged.
Defensive weakness citizen
Nearing the end of the first half, City was already losing after Dallas overtook Leeds. Not even the expulsion of Cooper, in the added time of the first 45 minutes, was good for Guardiola’s team, which was uncomfortable, without knowing how to find answers to that pressure designed by Bielsa.
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The goal of Ferran torres (m. 76) seemed to tip the balance towards the territory that Guardiola was looking for. But it was a mirage because Leeds, who played the entire second half with 10 players, did not give up at any time. An inconsequential serve with the hand of Meslier, his young French goalkeeper (21 years old), caused the second goal taking advantage of the weak defense of City. From area to area so Dallas signed the second goal and the victory of Leed in what was a spectacular exercise of effectiveness.
Two shots managed to specify Bielsa’s team at the Etihad. They both went to the door. The two ended in goal. They both carried the Stuart Dallas signature. And City, who are happily walking through the Premier, ran into Leeds again. In the two duels, Guardiola has only taken one point out of six possible. The Catalan coach tied at Elland Road (1-1) and lost at Etihad (1-2).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.