Manchester City star Ferran Torres reflects on difficulties of facing Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United side
FERRAN Torres said Manchester City knew what was coming against a Marcelo Bielsa side - but that Leeds United were still difficult to beat in Saturday's reverse at the Etihad.
Spanish international forward Torres looked to have put Pep Guardiola's runway leaders on course for at least a point when netting a 76th-minute equaliser in Saturday's Premier League clash against the visiting Whites.
Leeds had gone ahead three minutes before the break via a crisp Stuart Dallas finish but were reduced to ten men four minutes later when captain Liam Cooper was sent off following a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus for which he was initially booked.
Cooper won the ball but caught Jesus on the knee with his follow-through and referee Andre Marriner was advised by VAR official David Coote to check the incident on his monitor.
Cooper's yellow card was then turned into a straight red and City finally made their numerical advantage count when Torres struck with 14 minutes left.
Leeds, though, were not done with and countered to net a 91st-minute winner in a 2-1 victory as Dallas struck his second of the game.
“We know that Bielsa’s teams run a lot," Torres told CityTV.
"They are a difficult team to beat and when they were down to ten men, they stayed back and made it difficult for us.
“We created a lot of chances but we couldn’t score them.
“We are obviously sad for the result but the good thing is that we are still on top of the table with a good margin and now we just stay on the pitch and focus on the Champions League."
United's victory means that Bielsa's side have now taken four points against the champions-elect following on from October's 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Asked why the games against Leeds were so close and if it had anything to do with Guardiola and Bielsa being so close, Torres reasoned: “I would say every game in the Premier League is difficult but in every game for us, we need to focus on ourselves and our game and try to win.
“Obviously now we need to turn the page and focus on the Champions League game because this doesn’t stop and we want to be in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League."
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Thank you Laura Collins