(Leeds-Manchester City 1-1) Manchester City should strike back after the ugly loss against Leicester. Instead, they have now been distanced by Liverpool in the series start, after only a draw against newly promoted Leeds.
It is an unusually weak start to the season for Pep Guardiola’s crew. After three games, Manchester City is now in 10th place in the table with four points. At the same time, Liverpool have nine points in three games and a full pot. And Everton, who took over the league lead on Saturday, have won all four of their first games. City’s weak series opener takes place without the stars Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero who are both injured.
– I do not think we will see City at the normal level until they get Jesus and Aguero back, says TV 2 expert Nils Johan Semb towards the end of the match when the match tipped and Manchester City had to fight periodically to avoid losses.
Pep Guardiola sees that they have injury problems at the club, but would not complain after the match.
– I do not complain for a second, but it is sad for those who are not here, Guardiola says about the decay among his star players after the match in an interview shown on TV 2.
At the same time, he praised Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa for his tactical dispositions.
– Both teams wanted to attack and it was a good match. It was a fair result, says Guardiola
For this was the match that changed the overall picture several times after a terrific opening from Manchester City.
It slammed into the post from Kevin De Bruyne already after three minutes and it was clear what was to come. For this was a fierce showdown between Manchester City and newly promoted Leeds where it waved back and forth.
There were several who noticed:
The away team was to rise after the sick 2-5 loss at home against Leicester last Sunday:
Pep Guardiola’s team had to win to keep Liverpool at the top after a win and a loss in the first two games after a delayed series start for the team that was in the playoffs in the Champions League.