Luke Ayling says Leeds United have confidence ahead of Manchester City showdown

The Whites host Manchester City this evening in Premier League action.

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 6:00 am
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling. (Getty)
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling. (Getty)

Luke Ayling believes Leeds United can take full confidence into tonight's highly-anticipated Premier League clash with Manchester City.

The Whites have taken six points from a possible nine in the top flight having won two successive matches following their opening day defeat at Liverpool.

Marcelo Bielsa's side gave Jurgen Klopp's reigning champions a serious fright at Anfield last month before victories against Fulham and Sheffield United followed.

Leeds welcome Manchester City to Elland Road this evening as Pep Guardiola takes on a head coach in the opposition dugout who he "admires the most" in world football.

Ayling, though, says he and his team-mates are looking forward to testing themselves against some of the world's best players and admits confidence is high in the Thorp Arch camp.

"It's great to be playing these kinds of games," Ayling revealed.

"Us boys have worked hard to get into the Premiership and play games like this. It's brilliant to be involved in it. Our form is good at the minute, we go into the game high on confidence.

"We'll go out and play our football and try to win the game. We've shown against the champions [Liverpool] that we don't change the way we play.

"We'll try and impose our football on the game and see what happens."

Asked about the clash in LS11, he added: "I think it will be a good game of football.

"It will certainly be high tempo. They are going to try and keep the ball as they do and try to get in behind us. We've seen they can turn up on the day and beat any team in the world, so us boys have to be on it.

"We have to be switched on all the time and make sure we're at it and who knows what can happen. We know we'll have to play really, really well and have them not be at it for us to get a result - but we'll go out there and give our best.

"To play these games at Elland Road, it's finally like we're back. It's a big occasion and a shame the fans can't be there. I'm sure they will be watching.

"It's on a bit later so all the eyes will be on us, it should be a good game of football. I can't wait for it."