Manchester City 7-0 Leeds United - recap: Marcelo Bielsa reaction to Etihad hammering

Leeds United travel to Manchester City in the Premier League for a midweek meeting across the Pennines at the Etihad stadium - follow along with the YEP matchday blog.

By Joe Urquhart
Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 11:29 pm

The Whites make the short trip to take on Pep Guardiola' s reigning English champions on Tuesday night (8pm).

City sit top of the pile heading into the festive period with a one point advantage over Liverpool after 16 games following Saturday's victory over Wolves on home soil.

Leeds, meanwhile, are 15th in the standings following a late defeat at third-placed Chelsea in the capital.

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Leeds United take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Follow every kick live tonight with the YEP...

Manchester City v Leeds United - LIVE BLOG

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 December, 2021, 19:53

  • Leeds United travel to City on Tuesday night
  • Whites sit 15th, City are top of the Premier League
  • Kick-off a the Etihad is at 8pm
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  • RESULT - Manchester City 7-0 Leeds United

Welcome to tonight’s Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Leeds United at the Etihad.

We’ll bring you all the pre-match build-up, in-game updates and post-match reaction right here.

Early Manchester City team news

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo is suspended for the visit of Leeds United in the Premier League.

City have a near full squad at Guardiola’s disposal with only two absentees listed for the clash against Leeds.

Cancelo will serve a one-match ban after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.

Ferran Torres, who is a long-term absentee, is also missing with an ankle injury that has seen him kept in the treatment room since mid-October.

Early Leeds United team news

Marcelo Bielsa is unable to welcome back any of his squad for the top flight encounter.

Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford remain out with hamstring problems.

Robin Koch has returned to training but isn’t available following his absence since August while Pascal Struijk (foot) and Rodrigo (heel) continue to recover.

YEP predicted line-up

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Llorente, Firpo; Forshaw; Shackleton, Harrison; Roberts; Raphinha, James.

What Pep Guardiola has had to say

“Leeds is one of our toughest opponents,” Guardiola said.

“Especially because they play every week with this special, unique way and we play against this special, unique way just two times a year.

“We have to adjust a few things because it’s completely different from other opponents. In the end you are going to play the way they play, we are not used much for our qualities to play in these types of games.

“It’s a challenge, we know a lot of people will be watching us and we want to continue doing a good game.”

What Marcelo Bielsa has had to say

“The opponents players are very recognisable. Their characteristics also,” Bielsa said.

“The amount of variants they use to attack. You have to look at their collective offensive game, not individually.”

Guardiola’s programme notes

“We will need our fans tonight. Leeds are one of the best teams in the Premier League,” Guardiola writes.

“They play with intensity and have quality in all areas. And in Marcelo Bielsa, they have a special manager who organises his team brilliantly.

“I am under no illusions; this game will be one of the toughest we will play this season.

“I love to watch Leeds play football. They are fast, aggressive and always look to win games. I am excited to play them - it’s always great test whenever you play against one of Bielsa’s teams.

“It will be a completely different task to Saturday’s game against Wolves. They defended really well.

“When teams come here and sit back and wait for the right moment to counter attack, you cannot make mistakes - and on Saturday, we did not make any mistakes, which is really good.”

Forshaw, Klich and Ayling out first onto the Etihad pitch this evening.

Ayling gives a little wave to some of the away support who have got into the ground early.

The rest of the squad soon follow - all the usual suspects here with a number of Under-23s.

Right then... team news will be with us at 7pm. We’ll have it right here as soon as it drops.

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