By Ben Brown

27th Apr, 2022 | 10:30pm

Jesse Marsch: Leeds United face tough challenge against Manchester City

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has said he is all too aware of the dangers Manchester City pose ahead of the two sides meeting at Elland Road.

The American took charge of RB Leipzig’s opening Champions League group game against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens, with the frenetic encounter ending in a 6-3 win for Guardiola’s men.

Now the two lock horns again with Marsch in charge of a different dugout, and the 48-year-old knows what to expect from their encounter this weekend.

“Now the best team in the world, for me, comes to Elland Road,” quoted the Yorkshire Evening Post (27 April).

“I know this season already, one of my teams has played against Man City and I know what a challenge that game is, I know how difficult it is to limit their best players from making good plays and their movement and ideas of what to do with the ball.”

“We will have to be incredibly effective and clear of how we want to play against the ball.

“We will have to find ways to control the game with the ball a little bit more and then in transition moments be more dangerous and more effective, and still on set-pieces find a way to be more aggressive.”

Fix Everything

In other words, what Marsch was saying in less direct terms is that Leeds need to improve in pretty much every aspect to stand any chance of claiming a result at the weekend.

Manchester City steamrolled the Whites’ in a 7-0 demolition job at the Etihad in the reverse fixture and given the way they’ve been playing in recent weeks an avoidance of a similar scoreline will probably constitute a success.

Leeds were a bogey team for Guardiola last season, drawing at Elland Road before a Stuart Dallas double grabbed an improbable win in Manchester for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Sadly those memories seem a lifetime ago and it is all about substance over style for Leeds at the moment, some turgid displays against Watford and Crystal Palace being difficult to watch but ultimately returning four much-needed points for the club in their continued fight for survival.

The Whites’ have kept back to back clean sheets for only the second time this season on the back of those displays, but given the quality Manchester City possess it’d be nothing short of a miracle to see that streak continue on Saturday.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Higginbotham was full of praise after the result against Crystal Palace.