Before this game, Leeds United coach Bielsa once complimented Guardiola and said: "Guardiola has caused a lot of'harm' to football because he inadvertently'invented' a system that is how to defend Guardiola. The system of the pulling team.” But in today’s master-disciple battle, Bielsa has the upper hand, allowing Guardiola’s team to learn how to defend.
When the newly promoted meets the powerful Manchester City, most people may take it for granted that Leeds will take the defensive and then find a chance to steal a goal. But Bielsa didn't think so. Leeds United played against Manchester City. Although the score was only 1-1, it was definitely one of the most intense and exciting matches since the start of the Premier League this season.
Leeds United was suppressed by Manchester City only in the first 20 minutes of the first half and scored a goal by Manchester City. But then they slowly regained the rhythm. In the second half, offense and defense were directly changed. Leeds United frequently threatened Manchester City's goal, but Manchester City could hardly find a way to attack, and could only passively defend in its own half. In the 60th minute of the second half, the live signal gave data. In the first 15 minutes of the second half, Leeds United had a ball possession rate of 68%, while Manchester City only had 32%!
After 60 minutes, the two sides even gave up the defense for a while and entered the confrontation battle. Manchester City had a total of 23 shots in the game, but only 2 shots were on goal, while Leeds United had only 12 shots but 7 shots on goal!
The ball possession rate of the whole game was also the upper hand, with 52% surpassing Manchester City by 4 percentage points. The number of successful passes also led Manchester City with 349-313, and the pass success rate also led Manchester City with 83%-82%.
In the confrontation with Manchester City, which is known for its transmission and control, Bielsa's newly promoted horse has the upper hand, and even has a short period of suppression. Today, Bielsa taught Guardiola another lesson.