Leeds v Man City predicted XIs: Team news as Real Madrid performance offers Marsch blueprint for a shock win
After their heroics against Real Madrid, Manchester City must quickly turn their attention to the Premier League title race as they travel to face Leeds United on Saturday at 5:30pm (UK time).
Man City go into the weekend one point clear at the top of the table, but could be two behind Liverpool by kick-off, with the Reds taking on Newcastle United earlier in the day. Leeds, meanwhile, are five points clear of the relegation zone but will be wary of Everton having a game in hand.
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Leeds team news vs Man City
- Outs: Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford
- Doubts: Jamie Shackleton
Kalvin Phillips made his return to the starting XI against Crystal Palace on Monday and Jesse Marsch may be tempted to name an unchanged team.
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Predicted Leeds XI vs Man City:
- Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips, Klich; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; James. (4-2-3-1)
Man City team news vs Leeds: From Los Blancos to The Whites
- Doubts: John Stones, Kyle Walker
There’s no denying that Man City were deserving of their win over Real Madrid, putting them in a good position to reach back-to-back Champions League finals. But there were times where Man City did let their performance slip, particularly in the first half when they should have been out of sight, left cursing some poor finishing from their forward players.
Although they will want to be at 100% for this weekend’s game, Guardiola will likely make a few changes from the starting XI that faced Real Madrid, not just because of Joao Cancelo’s availability after suspension but also to give some of their fringe attackers a chance.
But any rustiness may not be their biggest worry. In fact, any potential downfall against Leeds at the weekend could come from Man City’s own play if they get too comfortable – as Steve McManaman pointed out after the Real Madrid game.
“You never really accuse Manchester City of being naive, but they were at times,” McManaman said on BT Sport.
“When they were 2-0 up and 3-1 up, 4-2 up, they should have never let Real Madrid back into the game and I don’t know what it was, whether they were over confident because they were so far ahead and so superior, but when they went two goals ahead, they started to drop deep.
“Even the penalty, Madrid had a chance prior to that and you are thinking, how has that happened because City should be controlling the game. As soon as it went to 4-2, they should have tried to defend their lead.
“We have all been in that situation and have experienced that shift in momentum, when you are way on top of a game and you think this is easy, and then something happens whether it is a mistake or a chance and you can feel the shift changing, then suddenly it is backs to the wall and you are thinking, how have we got here?
“It didn’t happen here once, it happened three times and I don’t know why Manchester City decided to drop off and allow Real Madrid to come on to them. Because, whenever Manchester City went forward, they dominated and created so many chances, you’re then thinking just manage the game, two goals up, just manage the game, but they didn’t.”
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Predicted Man City XI vs Leeds:
- Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Ake, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish.