'That's what you have to do' - Stuart Dallas pinpoints how Leeds United can get a result at Manchester City

The Whites travel to face Manchester City this weekend.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:42 pm
Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas. Pic: Getty

Stuart Dallas says Leeds United will have to disrupt and make Manchester City play badly if they are to get a result.

Marcelo Bielsa's men travel to the Etihad stadium for a showdown with Pep Guardiola's champions-elect on Saturday lunchtime.

The Whites earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with City in October but head over the Pennines in the knowledge the hosts have won 26 of their last 27 games in all competitions.

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City are just three wins and a draw away from claiming the Premier League title this season while United sit 11th in the standings.

Leeds are enjoying an impressive debut campaign in the top flight following 16 years away, having moved onto 42 points after back-to-back victories over Fulham and Sheffield United.

Dallas, though, knows that the Whites are up against one of the biggest tests they will face in league action this weekend.

"That's what you have to do to try to win a game against a team that is superior to you," Dallas said over needing to stop City from playing.

"They have to play bad - that's what we'll aim to make them do and while they play bad we have to play well to be anywhere near their level.

“They’re going to be champions aren’t they, so these are the type of games you want to play in.

“It’s going to be difficult, of course it is, but these are games you look at when the fixtures come out. You see Man City away and it’s the type of game you look forward to.

“They could play any team and if you catch them on a good day, it can be a difficult afternoon for you, so it’s important that we’ve trained well this week.

"They're good to watch. They're entertaining. A lot of people say that we're the same - they're a joy to analyse.

"Individually they're an incredible team, probably the best in the world for me, so I think we have a bit to go yet before we're compared to a team like that."

Asked about Leeds being all but safe in the Premier League this season, Dallas added: "When you hear people talking about the 40 point mark and it takes that to achieve safety, it’s obviously great to get past that.

“I know we’re not mathematically safe, but we’re also looking ahead, we’re very ambitious and we want to go into every game trying to win it.

“One thing about the manager and staff here is that they won’t let us slack off, we will go into every game looking to win."