Pep Guardiola reveals what Marcelo Bielsa said to him after Man City’s thrilling draw with Leeds United


The two managers exchanged pleasantries after the full-time whistle (Picture: Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola has revealed Marcelo Bielsa asked him to sum up Manchester City’s thrilling 1-1 draw with Leeds United just moments after the full-time whistle went.

Leeds posed plenty of problems for City and were well deserving of their point at Elland Road.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the Citizens on the 17th minute in a period of utter dominance for Guardiola’s side in the early stages of the first half.

Rodrigo scored the equaliser for the Whites (Picture: Getty Images)

Leeds finally got back into the game, and their record signing Rodrigo capitalised on Ederson’s flap from a corner and netted his first goal of the season just before the hour mark.

The Whites had the better of the opportunities in the second half, with Ederson making up for his previous error with a fantastic fingertip save to keep out Rodrigo’s header.

Guardiola was seen talking to his inspiration Bielsa moments after the final whistle blew and when asked what was said, the City boss told Sky Sports: ‘He asked me what I thought about the game.

‘I said I’m not able to analyse the game after one second, I’m not able to process it!’

Leeds have seven points after their first four games back in England’s top flight for 15 years, and with the City result and their narrow loss to Liverpool on the opening day, have now proven they can go toe-to-toe with the best.

Guardiola was full of praise for Bielsa’s side and admitted they’re tough team to play against.

He added: ‘That was good, huh? When both teams want to attack, it’s a good game. We made an incredible first 30 minutes when we could have scored the goals we needed.

‘The team, for the position we’re in, showed incredible behaviour. Unfortunately, they couldn’t win, but we go from here. If we were complaining because of absentees, we couldn’t play the way we played today.

‘Leeds put a lot of players behind our midfield line. After that they attacked incredibly quickly with fast players outside. It’s not easy to play against them. They’ve showed how good they are.

‘We had the chances to kill the game. In the second half it was more equal, but we were better near the end of the second half.’

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