January 17, 2022

Rampant Metropolis smash seven previous Leeds to maneuver 4 clear

Manchester Metropolis issued a ruthless reminder of their title credentials because the champions demolished sorry Leeds United 7-Zero to say a seventh successive win and transfer 4 factors clear on the high of the Premier League.

Metropolis have been two up inside 13 minutes after Phil Foden’s opener – the 500th Premier League purpose of Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis reign – discovered the online after Stuart Dallas’ woeful goal-line clearance try, earlier than Jack Grealish added a quickfire second along with his maiden Premier League header.

Leeds’ depleted line of defense and questionable ways continued to be put to the sword as Kevin De Bruyne, on his first league begin since November 6, sealed a masterful first-half show with an unerring third simply after the half-hour.

The objectives continued to circulate within the second half as Riyad Mahrez’s deflected fourth and a surprising thunderbolt from De Bruyne made it 5, earlier than late efforts from John Stones and Nathan Ake put the seal on an announcement victory which shifts the strain onto Metropolis’s title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, who each play on Thursday.

Leeds received on their final go to to the Etihad Stadium however the nature of this chastening defeat, regardless of the defensive harm disaster at present engulfing the membership, raises recent issues over Marcelo Bielsa, his gamers, and their potential to navigate this survival battle they discover themselves in.

Participant rankings

Man Metropolis: Ederson (7), Stones (8), Dias (7), Laporte (7), Zinchenko (7), Rodri (8), De Bruyne (9), Mahrez (8), Bernardo Silva (6), Foden (8), Grealish (8).

Subs: Ake (7), Gundogan (7), Fernandinho (6).

Leeds: Meslier (4), Shackleton (4), Ayling (4), Llorente (6), Firpo (3), Dallas (4), Forshaw (4), Raphinha (4), James (3), Harrison (6), Roberts (4).

Subs: Gelhardt (5), Drameh (4), Klich (4).

Man of the Match: Kevin de Bruyne

Metropolis lash SEVEN previous Leeds

Phil Foden celebrates his earl goal (AP)

Phil Foden celebrates his early purpose

The tone was set within the opening minutes as Grealish powered via the Leeds defence to check Illan Meslier and, from then to the tip, Metropolis have been completely relentless.

Metropolis racked up the possibilities with exceptional frequency. Leeds had a let-off because the in-form Bernardo Silva put a gilt-edged probability extensive however the reprieve lasted barely a minute as Foden opened the scoring with the following assault.

Workforce information

  • Kevin De Bruyne made his first Premier League begin since November 6, and Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones returned as Man Metropolis made 4 modifications from the win over Wolves.
  • Having seen his facet come inside a contentious late penalty of securing a degree at Chelsea, Marcelo Bielsa named an unchanged Leeds United XI.

Rodri powered into the field and drew a smothering save from Meslier, which rebounded the ball again to Foden on the sting of space, and the England midfielder expertly guided it previous the flailing Dallas and into the online.

That strike introduced up Metropolis’s spectacular landmark below Guardiola however they have been in no temper for stopping there. One other adopted simply 5 minutes later after a De Bruyne shot was deflected for a nook. Leeds half-cleared the Belgian’s cross from the set-piece however Mahrez despatched a curling ball again into the field and Grealish headed previous Meslier.

Out of nothing, Leeds had a penalty enchantment for handball in opposition to Oleksandr Zinchenko checked by VAR however nothing was given and the Metropolis procession resumed. De Bruyne, again to his finest after a latest spell out with Covid-19, made no mistake as he raced onto a Rodri cross and lashed in a 3rd on 32 minutes.

Jack Grealish celebrates putting Man City 2-0 up

Jack Grealish celebrates placing Man Metropolis 2-Zero up

Metropolis wanted simply 4 second-half minutes to increase their lead as Mahrez’s deflected shot deflected in off Junior Firpo, halting any hopes of a Leeds revival firmly of their tracks.

The guests did threaten briefly when Dallas hit the submit however substitute Ilkay Gundogan was inches away from including one other for Metropolis as he volleyed extensive from Mahrez’s floating cross earlier than Foden noticed a close-range fifth dominated out for offside.

Kevin De Bruyne makes it 5-0

Kevin De Bruyne makes it 5-0

However the fifth quickly got here, and in emphatic style, as De Bruyne unleashed a ferocious drive from outdoors the field that flew into the roof of the online and practically lifted the Leeds purpose out of the bottom.

Stones made it 6-Zero following a nook, tucking residence on the second try after Meslier had saved an Aymeric Laporte header and Stones’ preliminary effort on the rebound, earlier than substitute Ake wrapped up the scoring with a strong header from a nook 12 minutes from time.

Leeds undergo worst top-flight defeat – Match stats

  • Leeds United suffered the joint-heaviest defeat of their historical past as a Soccer League/Premier League membership in all competitions, alongside seven-goal defeats to Stoke (1-Eight in Aug 1934), West Ham (0-7 in Nov 1966) and Arsenal (0-7 in Sep 1979). It was additionally the primary time boss Marcelo Bielsa had conceded seven objectives in a single match in his 568-game membership administration profession.
  • This was Manchester Metropolis’s joint-second largest ever top-flight league win, behind solely their 8-Zero victory over Watford in September 2019.
  • Manchester Metropolis have received every of their final seven Premier League video games, the longest ongoing successful run of all sides within the competitors.
  • Leeds United have misplaced back-to-back Premier League video games for the primary time this season, having final accomplished so in February/March of final season (v Aston Villa and West Ham).

What the managers mentioned…

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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola praised Kevin de Bruyne’s efficiency of their 7-Zero win over Leeds, saying the Belgian is rediscovering his ‘rhythm’.

Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola: “We misplaced 5 factors final season taking part in Leeds. We tried to organize effectively and perhaps the gamers felt it was a extra severe workforce than individuals take into consideration.

“Our objectives conceded is wonderful. It proves you do not have to defend so deep, however this membership is inventive and the membership buys gamers to be inventive.

“We did not rating as many objectives this season however at the moment was a very good run to be near Liverpool and Chelsea.”

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Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa says his facet’s efficiency of their 7-Zero defeat in opposition to Manchester Metropolis was the worst in his 4 years in cost.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa: “There’s nothing constructive to remove from our efficiency. I am unable to discover something that may be valued. As is pure in these instances, it’s not the people that fail however the organisation.

“There is no such thing as a justification I can provide; the sport was precisely how we thought it was going to be. We ready ourselves to keep away from every thing that occurred, and we did not handle to get something.”

What’s subsequent?

Saturday 18th December 5:00pm

Kick off 5:30pm

Manchester Metropolis journey to face Newcastle on Tremendous Sunday at 2.15pm – reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Major Occasion. Leeds entertain Arsenal on Saturday Night time Soccer at 5.30pm – reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League and Major Occasion.

Dwell Renault Tremendous Sunday

Sunday 19th December 2:00pm