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Manchester City XI to face Leeds United

Manchester City face Leeds United tomorrow before the squad splits up to head out on the international break with their respective countrymen.

Heading into the fixture at Elland Road, the visitors are in 13th place after being thrashed 5-2 by Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side, with Jamie Vardy netting a hattrick.

Pep Guardiola will be able to welcome Ruben Dias into the fold after the Portuguese signed a long-term contract with the Blues, with Manchester City paying Benfica £64.3m to sign their 6 ft. 1 centre half.

Dias will hope to plug the hole left by Vincent Kompany’s departure at the end of the 2018/19 season. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB.

Guardiola has been effusive in his praise for Bielsa in the build-up to the game, telling reporters at his pre-match press conference: “I think he’s (Bielsa) is probably the person I admire the most in world football as a manager and as a person.

“I think he is the most authentic manager all the time in terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique. No one can imitate him, it’s impossible.

“My teams won more titles than him, but in terms of knowledge of the game, I am away from him. It is a good present, a good gift to have him in the PL.

“His teams are a joy to watch, how honest they are, and they always try to produce good football for spectators. It’s good to have him here.”

Leeds have proven to be a fearless side this season and should take the game to Man City. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE DAILY MIRROR.

City are looking to bounce back after their defeat against Leicester, with Guardiola handing Dias a first start for the club while Ferran Torres will also start again for the Cityzens.

Man City starting XI: Ederson, Mendy, Laporte, Dias, Walker, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Mahrez, Torres.

Subs: Fernandinho, Ake, Palmer, Stones, Steffen, Silva, Delap.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group Founder, Owner and Editor.
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