Three talking points Leeds United hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Elland Road after an enthusiastic display from both the sides
The fixture at Elland Road on Saturday was a clash between football’s greatest minds and tacticians. Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United played attacking football throughout the game and it was indeed a treat for all neutral fans watching the fixture.
The Whites came into their home game with great form after scrapping past Sheffield United after Patrick Bamford found the net in the dying minutes of the game. Meanwhile, the travelers, Manchester City, were hoping not to commit the same mistakes that were made against Leicester City that saw Brendan Rogers side score five goals against the Sky Blues.
Nevertheless, the fixture at the Elland Road ended in a 1-1 draw after Bielsa’s side surprisingly dominated possession, however, it was Pep’s side that was more clinical in the final third but lacked the finish to settle the game. Here are the three talking points from the fixture.
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MARCELO BIELSA MASTERCLASS
Marcelo Bielsa is considered by many as the most technical and tactical football manager in the history of football. Many believe that the Argentine coach is a football genius and one of his biggest admirers is Pep Guardiola himself. The Manchester City manager stated in the pre-game press conference that Bielsa is the person he admires the most in the football world.
The Leeds United manager once again proved why many consider him to be the very best. With a Championship side, Bielsa demanded his players to complete attacking football against a lethal star-studded Man City team. The same was on display against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as well.
Bielsa noticed that Benjamin Mendy was the weak link in City’s back four and decided to bring on Ian Poveda at half time. The 20-year-old winger used his blistering pace to get past Mendy and create opportunities in the attack. Despite City having a backline worth 221 million pounds, Bielsa got the better off them with ample goal-scoring chances, however, it was the heroics of Ederson that kept the Sky Blues in the game.