Leeds United – Manchester City: Dominant City Overcome Leeds United’s Challenge (1-3)

Manchester City returned to Premier League action with a bang, as they commanded Leeds United from the first minute. City’s shape in possession caused a variety of problems and although Leeds altered their approach, they were no match for their opponents. Rodri's first-half goal and Erling Haaland’s brace were enough to secure the three points. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.

Despite showing promising signs in the games leading up to the World Cup, Leeds United are certainly in a spot of bother as they are staring down the relegation barrel. Last-minute wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth propelled them higher up the table, but Jesse Marsch’s side will be aware that any slip-ups could prove costly. Nevertheless, the victories over Real Sociedad and Elche in the friendlies prior to their return will have undoubtedly improved their morale. 

Meanwhile, Manchester City will look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat against Brentford in the previous round of fixtures. Following Arsenal’s win over West Ham United, the Premier League champions are currently eight points adrift of their title rivals, and hence a victory at Elland Road was crucial for them. Pep Guardiola’s side have found the back of the net just once in their last four away games, but they scored a whopping eleven goals in the two fixtures against Leeds United last season. 

Marsch picked Illan Meslier in goal, although he was deemed doubtful for this game. Rasmus Kristensen, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, and Pascal . . .

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