Phil Foden recalls 'scary' Elland Road experience ahead of Leeds United v Manchester City clash
Manchester City star Phil Foden has admitted that playing Leeds United at Elland Road is “scary” due to the atmosphere the home fans create, ahead of the two clashing in the Premier League.
Jesse Marsch’s side will host the Premier League champions on December 28, as they get their campaign back underway following the completion of the Qatar World Cup.
The Whites will look to build on their home form this season, which has seen them win three matches, draw twice and lose two encounters at Elland Road thus far.
Foden, speaking exclusively in an interview with Amazon Prime Sport, didn’t hold back in his assessment of Leeds’ stadium and the challenges that it brings.
He said: “It can be scary, definitely.
“They feel so on top of you, always shouting, throwing paper at me last time, but you know I enjoy those occasions playing against big teams like that, Leeds, and the atmosphere they create.
“It’s good for the Premier Lague to have atmospheres like this, to make it such a special stadium. You definitely have to be on your best game to get a result.”
Leeds fans will be revelling in the idea of Manchester City’s international stars gracing their pitch and they will hope Marsch can mastermind a stunning victory over the champions.
Elland Road can be one of the best atmospheres in the league on its day, with the crowd so close to the players on the pitch and the noise deafening when the side are at their free-flowing best.
It can be a cauldron-like atmosphere, a proper old-school stadium that can truly feel like a twelfth man and Marsch will be hoping the crowd get behind the players on their return after the World Cup.
With a total aggregate score of 11-0 over their two meetings last season, it is likely to be an extremely tough challenge for Leeds’ stars, but with several City stars playing in the latter stages of the World Cup – this is quite possibly the best time to face them.