City run riot over Leeds

15 Dec 2021 09:00 am, by Ellandback1


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City run riot over Leeds

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City humiliated Leeds last night, as the blue side of Manchester took retribution for the 2-1 home defeat the Whites inflicted on them last season. This was a very different performance this time round, with the host's laying siege on Meslier's goal at will, with virtually nothing in response.

City's dominance was abundantly clear from the very first minute. Wave after wave of uninterrupted one way traffic was briefly interrupted for half-time light refreshments, but ten minutes later the assault continued. Whilst even the most optimistic Leeds fans would not have expected victory last night, we expected Leeds to compete, and to try to make things difficult for the home side. Instead, we attempted to go toe to toe with the EFL Champions. This was never going to end well.

Bielsa decided to stick with the same line-up that went toe to toe with Chelsea at the weekend, but how the Argentine expected them to recover, and line up at the Etihad 72 hours later raises some serious questions about the Argentine's Managerial status. Whilst injuries would have made it difficult to make wholesale changes, we must remember Bielsa himself insists on having such a small squad.

I think our saving grace this season will be that there are probably three worse teams than us this season.





We have never played so badly in these four years

During his post match presser, Marcelo Bielsa took responsibility (yet again) for Leeds frailties. Whilst it's magnanimous to take the burden for the team's performance, doing it every week whilst not learning from your mistakes (or being too stubborn to change them) has cost Leeds valuable point this term; points that could make the difference between survival, or a return to Championship football.

The Argentine admitted that the performance was the worst during his tenure, and there was nothing positive to take away from the mauling!

It's not that City played very well, it's a lot more noticeable how badly we played. City play like this all the time, or similar to it. We have never played so badly in these four years."

There is nothing positive to take away from our performance. I can't find anything that can be of value. What I proposed was not good enough. You can deflect the attention when some things work and some don't but when nothing works the decisions of the one in conduction define what happens.

The ideas, solutions, what I proposed and organised - none of it worked. "In no moment were we able to balance the game. The sensation we gave off, anything they attempted we couldn't prevent it and anything we attempted wouldn't prosper. "In their half nothing happened and in our half everything happened.




Was mauling a blessing in disguise

With the January transfer window set to open in little over a fortnight, Leeds frailties being exposed last night might have been the perfect wake-up call to persuade Andrea Radrizzani to dig deep into the transfer coffers!
Leeds currently occupy 16th place in the top flight, and are five points clear of the drop zone, but with Burnley entertaining Watford tonight, a win by either team will put pressure on Leeds survival hopes.

Whilst Bielsa has made it clear that any hopes of recruitment in January are slim, their latest mauling must have alerted the Leeds hierarchy that the fear of relegation is a very real possibility, and it is now a necessity that Victor Orta pulls some rabbits out of his hat. Will Leeds be able to keep hold of Meslier, Raphinha and Phillips next month? What happens if a massive offer comes in for one of them?




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CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 15 Dec 2021 06:23 pm

CanuckMightyWhite wrote: Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:24 pm Of course this was a humiliating loss but we were sure to get a mauling one of these days with all our injuries and staying on the ‘square pegs in round holes’ team selection strategy. Take it on the chin, move onto the next game, I still have faith we are better than 4-5 teams, let alone just 3. Bielsa needs to be part of the solution, the risks are far greater without him at this point in the season.

However, we need some bodies in January and Bielsa needs to set us up better defensively against the big hitting teams. GD does matter!
I think that things could improve if the square pegs in round holes approach is dropped - it doesn't work, and it doesn't make Bielsa look like the tactical genius which I think he hopes it does. My suspicion is that it's vanity which makes him do this. I can't think why he would do it otherwise when it's not necessary and has been proven over and over again not to work.

Cresswell as a CB and Gelhardt as a no 9 would be a start. It's absurd to keep playing wingers as strikers.

CanuckMightyWhite wrote on 15 Dec 2021 05:24 pm

Of course this was a humiliating loss but we were sure to get a mauling one of these days with all our injuries and staying on the ‘square pegs in round holes’ team selection strategy. Take it on the chin, move onto the next game, I still have faith we are better than 4-5 teams, let alone just 3. Bielsa needs to be part of the solution, the risks are far greater without him at this point in the season.

However, we need some bodies in January and Bielsa needs to set us up better defensively against the big hitting teams. GD does matter!

weasel wrote on 15 Dec 2021 04:13 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Wed Dec 15, 2021 3:19 pm Am away from home this week so I didn't get to see the game.

Thank goodness.

Don't know what there is to say other than I hope the lads put this in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible and get their focus on Arsenal.
That's the key - turn the page over and forget about this performance as quickly as possible. Just about everything that could go wrong did.

John in Louisiana wrote on 15 Dec 2021 03:19 pm

Am away from home this week so I didn't get to see the game.

Thank goodness.

Don't know what there is to say other than I hope the lads put this in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible and get their focus on Arsenal.

Ellandback1 wrote on 15 Dec 2021 02:29 pm

SG90 wrote: Wed Dec 15, 2021 12:42 pm O'Brien wasn't about finances, he was just a pointless signing that would be warming the bench, we have Jack Jenkins for that. I said before Bielsa didn't want an improvement on Dallas, Forshaw and Klich, which is why we didn't sign anyone.
And then to top it off they over inflated his price, and made out they had rejected Leeds lucrative offer