Pep Guardiola has described Leeds United as Manchester City’s ‘worst opponent’ to face between their upcoming Champions League games.
The Whites have proven to be a popular addition to the Premier League this season, with Marcelo Bielsa ensuring his side are arguably one of the most entertaining sides in the top flight.
Games involving Leeds are rarely dull, with their intense playing style and risk-taking on the ball often leading to goal-laden affairs. They are the sixth-highest scorers in the league with 45 goals, but only four sides have conceded more than their 47 goals (Sky Sports).
One of the best games of the season was their 1-1 draw at home to soon-to-be-champions City back in October, in what was a fascinating battle.
Guardiola way of Leeds threat
The two teams meet again on 10 April, in between City’s Champions League quarter-final clashes with Borussia Dortmund next month, and speaking to the Manchester Evening News, legendary manager Guardiola admitted that Leeds are a nightmare opponent to face during that period:
“Leeds is the worst opponent we can play between the Champions League [legs]. The worst.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is a huge compliment for someone of Guardiola’s reputation as a two-time Champions League-winning manager (along with eight domestic league titles) to be so complimentary about Leeds, summing up how well Bielsa’s men have taken to the Premier League.
Opposition managers know they are in for a physical and tactical battle when they come up against the Whites and they will hope to take rare points off a City side cruising towards title glory.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly keen on signing a hugely experienced defender this summer – find out who it is here.
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