On the eve of Leeds United-Manchester City to be held tomorrow for the Premier League, Pep threw flowers at Loco in a conference
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Guardiola and Bielsa, face to face in the Premier League
Tomorrow there is promise of good football on Elland Road , when starting at 1:30 p.m. (Argentine time), Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United and Josep Guardiola's Manchester City meet for the fourth day of the Premier League, two teams that bet to offensive football and they usually give excellent shows for their own and others. On the eve of the engagement, the Spanish coach spoke at a press conference and praised his colleague.
“Leeds are a completely different team than any other in the Premier League. We have to play our game. There are many, many aspects to a match. We have to control it ” , considered Pep, who was always very complimentary to Bielsa and admires him for the work he has done throughout his career.
About the match , he completed: “They are a team, they work and fight together, they defend a lot around the area. They have a good exit of the ball. At the right moment, they arrive with many players ”.
The only times that Guardiola and Bielsa met from the benches was in the 2011/2021 season: two matches per Spanish league and the final of the Copa del Rey in the remembered Vicente Calderón stadium of Atlético Madrid. It was a 2-2 draw in the Basque Country, a 2-0 victory for Barça at the Camp Nou and a celebration for the Catalans on neutral ground with a resounding 3-0. “I played three times against Marcelo when he was at Athletic and each game was very difficult,” revealed the 49-year-old Catalan strategist who received a detailed report from Bielsa on the analysis of his own Barcelona. It was as a gift, as the Fool confessed later.
The Rosario had anticipated the praise in the press conference he gave yesterday after the last Leeds training session. When asked if he felt like a kind of Guardiola's mentor, he clarified: “Not at all. If there is an independent technician in his ideas in the world, that is Guardiola. And it's not because I say so but because their teams play like no one else does ” .
For this occasion, the Citizens' coach will not be able to count on Ilkay Gündogan (positive for coronavirus at the end of September) or Gabriel Jesús (recovering from an injury), although he will be able to count on Rúben Dias, a brand-new addition from Benfica.
The City needs to add three to not lose the train of the teams that fight for the leadership at the start of the Premier. They need to regain their confidence after the home win against Leicester (2-5) last matchday despite a ticket to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on weekdays by beating Burnley 3-0 without problems. In the next instance they will be seen with Arsenal.