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Manchester City vs Leeds United at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Paul Tierney
14th December 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 7 Manchester City

    • ‘8' Phil Foden
    • ‘13' Jack Grealish
    • ‘32' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘49' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘62' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘74' John Stones
    • ‘78' Nathan Aké
  • 0 Leeds United


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Good night from me

That seems like an appropriate place to wrap up and say good night.

A night laden with goals, top spot extended in the Premier League and 500 league goals under Pep.

I'd say that represented a really decent night's work.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be here to bring you all the action and reaction.

Don't forget we'll have more post match reaction on our website and app, along with match highlights at midnight while CITY+ subscribers can enjoy a Full Match Replay.

And we'll see you again on Sunday when we travel to Newcastle.

Until then, good night Blues!


'We did a good job'

Pep - 'comfortable is nothing'

“We dropped five points last season (against Leeds). Comfortable is nothing. We did a good job. I saw the game against Chelsea and they deserved a point,” Guardiola added.

“I know how good they are. Doing what they do is unique. They are the best at it.

“But the tempo and the patience that we played with was good to win the game."


Pep hails fans

Pep Guardiola:

“It was a good game. The vibe at the stadium was phenomenal.

“It was sold out today and when this happens the players feel it.

“Thanks so much to them *the fans). It was a pleasure.”


KDB: 'It was a great game'


Kevin de Bruyne:

"I just think we played really well as a team. We started really well and we found the openings at the right time.

"It's been a great game for us. A lot of different guys scored, it gave confidence to everyone.

"It [goal difference] is not something we should think about at the moment. We just need to perform well and try to win."


Goals galore

That display tonight has also lifted our goal difference up to plus 31 just behind Liverpool.

Such an important and impressive night on so many levels for City.


Points on the board

With Chelsea and Liverpool to play later this week, tonight's result has moved us four points clear at the top of the table.

Always prefer to have points in the bag rather than games in hand!


'A brilliant performance'

 Shaun Goater's view:

"We said earlier they needed to get closer, they didn’t. City just popped it about, moved the ball ,shifted the ball. A brilliant performance from City."


'So clinical'

Shaun Wright-Phillips' verdict:

"It was all about City today. They were so clinical, they kept going and going. People say we need a striker but why if we have 18 people scoring!"


Super Tuesday

Where do you even begin to sum that up?


A seventh successive Premier League win.

506 Premier League goals under Pep Guardiola now.

And  33 wins for the calendar year, which equals Sir Bob Paisley’s record of 33 wins in a calendar year with Liverpool.

Quite a night all round....


God as goals

When you have to double check the score with your colleagues you know it has been some night.

Still five minutes plus injury time for us to add some more.

And imagine what this is doing to our goal difference!

The goal standard!


Magnificent seven

The sub rises to head home Phil Foden's corner.

It's a rout and City in oberdrive.

There are still more goals in the offing too!


Six and the City!!!

Not bad for a stand in right back!!!

First Ayermic Laporte saw a header saved by Meslier, Stones lashed in a shot on the rebound which the Leeds keeper blocked.

But the England defender then showed his shooting chops by lashing in a quite brilliant piledriver from a tight angle to make it 6-0.

There could be more to come.


Special K

Few sights in football quite stir the blood like KDB thumping one home like that.

He really is a joy to watch when firing on all cylinders.


Blue heaven

If this were a boxing match you suspect the white towel might be being prepared.

Leeds afflicted by injuries ye, but City have been different class tonight



Kevin De Bruyne at his brilliant dynamic best.

He gets the ball 30 yards out drives forward five yards before letting fly with a thunderous shot which whistles past Meslier into the top corner.

Even Pep went Wow!!



The pace of the game has slowed a touch and Leeds are finally seeing a bit more of the ball.

Harrison drives again at the heart of the defence and it takes a Dias deflection to send his shot wide.


What a save

That's how you get to 100 clean sheets.

Having been a spectator all night, Ederson is suddenly called into action and produces a stunning dive to deny Stuart Dallas.

Brilliant from the Brazilian


So close!

That was brilliant and deserved a goal.

Mahrez wait for the right moment before dinking a delightful cross to the far post,

The onrushing Gundogan hits it first time with the outside of his foot but it trickles just wide of the target.

Sublime football.


The four tops

It had been coming.

Grealish and Gundognan combined to set up Mahrez who jinked inside on the right edge of the box.

His shot took a slight deflection off Firpo and crept inside the post.

City in complete control here.


Let off

Leeds mount a lightning raid as Harrison tears down the right flank.

But he gets his wires crossed as his fancy flick finds no-one and City clear the danger.


Bench press

I'm sure Leeds will be delighted to know that we have Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus - to name but a few - all waiting on the bench if needed.

That's what I call a depth charge..


'Ferocious attack'

Shaun Goater's view:

"The attack has been ferocious and how we have been moving the ball, man for man has been crazy. Once you beat your man that leaves big spaces, that is why Rodri is driving to the 18 yard line."


'A City masterclass'

Shaun Wright-Phillips' half-time verdict:

 "It has been  a masterclass. Bielsa got it wrong, City are running their players everywhere. City are way too clever on the ball. Rodri has had space to drive into."


Winter warmer

Honestly can't remember a more enjoyable 45 minutes this season.

Just a pleasure to watch and update you on that treat for the eyes.

So many superb individual displays.

And the encouraging thing is that we seem to be getting better and better as the season progresses.


At the other end...

Leeds actually mount a rare attack after a Stones misjudgement but former City man Jack Harrison's cross is headed clear by Dias.

City then power forward and De Bruyne sees another pile drive fly just wide.


Action men

De Bruyne and Foden link up again and it takes a last ditch block to deny Foden as he prepares to pull the trigger in the box.

City are absolutely rampant at the moment.

On this evidence its a case of when and not if we score again.


So close to four

Another mesmeric City move ends with Foden swivelling and seeing a snap shot go inches wide of the right post.

I was just waiting for the net to bulge.


With Leeds Jamie Shackleton down and receiving treatment the TV cameras have just panned to the visiting fans.

Fair to say they look a little bamboozled.

Pep meanwhile is urging even more from his players.


Three is the magic number

Wow. It's raining goals!

Rodrigo again with the assist as he dinks a brilliant ball into the path of the onrushing De Bruyne.

From 12 yards out he makes no mistake sliding the ball under Meslier.

City in complete control.


Penalty shout and VAR check

At the other end Leeds appeal for a penalty after Zinchenko stops Raphinha with the Leeds man claiming handball.

Going to VAR



De Bruyne just overcooks a teasing cross to Mahrez at the back stick.

So much to admire from City so far though.

In this form you sense it would take a very, very good side to stop us.


Hot Rod

Rodrigo outstanding these first 20 odd minutes.

Grealish meanwhile powers at the Leeds defence and finds Foden who wins another City corner.


Outstanding feat!

More wonderful wizardry from Bernardo with fancy footwork that wouldn't look out of place on Strictly Come Dancing.

Sadly there is no one in the box to meet his inviting ball.


Driving force

On the evidence of these first 18 minutes I would suggest it could be a long old night for Leeds.

City drive again and a low Mahrez cross fizzes just wide off De Bruyne who also looks right up for it.


On the march

Grealish drives at Leeds again on the edge of the box before his shot is blocked.

That goal will have done wonders for his confidence



Now Aymeric Laporte tries his luck from 18 yards but comes off worse with a challenge with Junior Firpo.

Looked painful but the Spanish international is back up on his feet.


Jack high!

From the corner the ball is worked back to Riyad Mahrez on the right wing.

The Algerian pings in an inviting cross and Grealish applies the finish with a neat header.

He deserves that!


Rodrigo steals possession again and feeds De Bruyne on the edge of the box,.

The Belgian's shot is deflected for a corner.

Rodri has been everywhere so far.


What a start!

We didn't have to wait long!

Rodrigo steals possession and drives at Leeds his shot is blocked by Meslier and rebounds to the waiting Foden whose shot evades Stuart Dallas and goes in!


How did that not go in?

Should be 1-0 City.

City steal possession, Foden finds De Bruyne inside the box who square to the unmarked Bernardo 8 yards out.

However his shot trickles the wrong side of the post.


Leading men

Pep already on the touchline passing on instructions.

His counterpart Marcelo Bielsa is sat on his trademark perch.

Two brilliant managers pitting their wits against each other



So close from Jack Grealish!

The City man weaves his way through two challenges before trying his luck from 20 yards out.

Leeds keeper Ilan Meslier scrambles to make the save.


Up and at 'em

Cracking atmosphere from the off with City straight on the front foot.

There are appeals for handball in the Leeds box before Foden sees a shot blocked.


Hand it to Ederson...

Shaun Goater on Ederson:

"An amazing keeper and he is so good with his feet we forget he keeps clean sheets.

"Making himself big and being athletic, able to reach and tip the ball around the bar. He stops shots, he is brave.

"He has got assists he is brave and I’m glad he has reached this level because it shows what a good keeper he is."


Major incentive...

City are winless in four Premier League games against Leeds since a 2-1 home victory under Kevin Keegan in January 2003 (D2, L2).

High time we put that record straight!


Guessing game

Plenty of pre-match conjuncture about how we will line up tonight, with many looking at maybe three at the back with Stones, Laporte and Dias all starting.

Just over 20 minutes until we find out!


Warning shot

It's worth remembering that Leeds won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season, and should they prevail tonight they would earn consecutive away league victories against City for the first time in 34 years.

Plenty to guard against then ahead of kick-off.


'KDB can play anywhere'

Shaun Goater on KDB:

'He has eyes in front, behind and on the sides. We know how Leeds will play so if he is deeper that quality of pass, if they are pushing players forward, KDB will find those players forward.

"When I look at KDB and Bernardo Silva, you see then as no10s that can play wide. Gundo can’t play wide but KDB can play goalkeeper he is that good everywhere he plays!"


Dias on 'outstanding' Bernardo

I think we can all agree that Bernardo Silva has been simply outstanding this term.

And City and Portugal compatriot Ruben Dias is in no doubt as to the key to Bernardo's superb displays.

“You just have to give him the credit because he is outstanding. When I talk about Bernardo, I always like to talk about what I believe makes who he is.

“You have many players with a lot of quality at his level, but you don’t have many that are able to make the sacrifices he makes.

“That is who Bernardo Silva is. A guy who is equally talented as the others, but willing to make sacrifices that not many others are willing to.

“That is a good thing to reflect on, especially the youngsters, because that is the kind of player and personality you should be aiming for. For the team, that is the best thing you can have.”


Super Tuesday

Here's another quite remarkable stat for you.

City are unbeaten in 14 Premier League home matches played on a Tuesday since losing to Blackburn at Maine Road way back when in August 1993 (won 10, drawn 4).

If I can coin a phrase 'Quite remarkable!'


'Stay on the alert'

Shaun Wright-Phillips on Leeds...

"I think we have to remember Leeds may still pay the same way but missing four key players.

"Without those players that system won’t work as well but we have to have our wits about us.

"Since Bielsa has come in, we haven’t been counter-attacked that badly which is a credit to the defence to nullify those counter attacks. As long as we defend the way we have we will be fine."


Press to play

Shaun Goater on tonight's approach...

 "When we win the ball we have five phases.

"To press is an immediate thing, after that you will see City really defend the goal if we can’t win it back.

"If the ball is on the left hand side, Zinchenko will press, and we don’t have to worry about the free player on the right hand side."


Milestones in sight

Couple of big numbers to look out for tonight.

City need one more goal to bring up 500 Premier League goals in total for Pep Guardiola during his time in charge at the Club.

What's more, if City win this evening, it means we would move on to 33 wins for the calendar year, which equals Sir Bob Paisley’s record of 33 wins in a calendar year with Liverpool.

Not too shabby...


Here's how we line up tonight...

CITY XI: Ederson, Dias (C), Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Grealish, Mahrez, Foden

Subs: Steffen, Aké, Sterling, Gündogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Egan-Riley, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand



Tune in now to Matchday Live to catch the pre-match thoughts of City legends Shaun Wright-Phillips and Shaun Goater.

Essential pre-match viewing!


Dates for your diary (part two)

It's been a busy week already with the Champions League last-16 draw also taking place yesterday - albeit in slightly bizarre circumstances.

We were eventually pitted against Sporting CP of Portugal in a draw that had to be re-run after a 'software malfunction' in the original.

Don't know about you but I'd never seen anything quite like it before.

However, having been lucky enough to visit the Lisbon stadium in a previous life, I can heartily recommend it.

Great city and great club. Should be a belting couple of ties.


Elsewhere tonight...

With Manchester United's trip to Brentford being called off to due to COVID-19 outbreak, the only other game this evening sees Norwich play host to Aston Villa.

Kick-off at Carrow Road is at 7.45pm. We get underway here at 8pm.


More from the boss....

 Pep Guardiola on Leeds: 

“They are going to play in a way we are not used to in these kinds of games.

"At the same time, it is at the Etihad, we know a lot of people will be there and we want to do a good game tomorrow.

“Patrick Bamford was injured for a long time now. Kalvin Phillips, too. A few important players.

“But if there is one person who doesn’t complain about what happens, it is Marcelo. He loves to work when the situation is tough. You have seen the stats and style."


Pep on Leeds

The City boss has made no secret of his admiration and respect for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

And asked what he expected from Leeds at his pre-match press conference, the boss said he knew how dangerous tonight's opoennts will prove to be.

“The same. Before, we played against them, we knew it, we felt it. It is one of the toughest opponents,” the City boss stressed.

“They play every week in a special unique way, and we play against the special and unique way just two times a year. It is completely different to other opponents."


Early team news

We'll have confirmation of tonight's teams in around 40 minutes time, but we do already have an idea of who is and isn't available.

Ferran Torres is the only injured player as he continues his comeback from a foot problem.

Meanwhile Joao Cancelo is also absent as he is suspended this evening.

With Pep Guardiola confirming that Ilkay Guardiola was fine after suffering a slight back niggle earlier this month, there are options aplenty for the boss this evening.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has an unchanged squad at his disposal.

Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper remain out with hamstring injuries, while seven players are one booking from suspension.


Festive fever...

11 days to go to Christmas and there is a definite festive feel in the air here at the Etihad - with a foggy backdrop here from the press box.

Very atmospheric... and Slade have already been on the City jukebox so it must be Christmas!!


It's your shout!! 📱

Today, as on every matchday, we want to hear from you, our wonderful fans.

Are you excited? Nervous? Have you got a score prediction or do you feel particularly strongly about which team Pep Guardiola should pick?

Let us know your thoughts using #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538 for a chance to feature on Matchday Live. 


Matchday Live 📺

It’s the Shaun show on Matchday Live this evening, with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Shaun Goater our special guests alongside presenter Cel Spellman.

The show gets under way at 18:55 (UK), when our panel will be providing the usual mix of analysis and entertainment in the build-up to kick-off.

At half-time, Goater and Wright-Phillips will then reconvene for a quick debrief, before returning for more in-depth analysis of all the game’s twists and turns after the final whistle. 

I may be slightly biased but trust me. It's the perfect accompaniment to your matchday viewing!


It's matchday 👌

Good evening!

And a very warm welcome to tonight’s Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League home clash against Leeds United. 

Pep Guardiola’s table topping side are on a fine run of form right now, with last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wolves making it six league triumphs in a row.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will present stern opposition but here’s hoping we can maintain that fine momentum and make it a magnificent seven in the league!

The game kicks-off at 20:00 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action, as I’ll be providing live updates taking you through all the build-up, match action and all the post-match reaction.

Here’s hoping it’s a super Tuesday for City!


Pep Guardiola 💬

"(Leeds) is one of the toughest opponents. They play every week in a special unique way and we play against the special and unique way just two times a year.

"It is completely different to other opponents. They are going to play in a way we are not used to in these kinds of games.

"At the same time, it is at the Etihad, we know a lot of people will be there and we want to do a good game tomorrow. 

"(Patrick) Bamford was injured for a long time now. Kalvin Phillips, too. A few important players. But if there is one person who doesn’t complain about what happens, it is Marcelo.

"He loves to work when the situation is tough. You have seen the stats and style.

"There is no game where they don’t create more chances than the opponent. We will have to adapt to try and do what we want to do."


Early team news 🗒

City manager Pep Guardiola shared a positive fitness update in his pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds' visit on Tuesday evening.

Guardiola revealed that, long-term absentee Ferran Torres and the suspended Joao Cancelo aside, he has a full complement of players to choose from at the Etihad Stadium.


It's matchday! ⚽

City are back in action tonight with the Premier League visit of Leeds United.

Kick-off is at 20:00 (UK time) at the Etihad Stadium and as always, we'll have minute-by-minute coverage right here in the Matchday Centre as well as pre-match build-up and post-match reaction.

Plus, from 19:00, our Matchday Live show gets under way on all of our digital platforms with special guests Shaun Goater and Shaun Wright-Phillips offering their expert insight before, during and after the game.

At kick-off, live commentary from the Etihad Stadium with Alistair Mann and former City captain Andy Morrison can also be found on the app, while those with push notifications turned on will also be alerted to the latest team news and when any goals go in.  

Interaction from viewers is always encouraged so tweet us @mancity or if you want to ask Goater and Wright-Phillips a question, send a WhatsApp to: +447537186538

Come on, City!

Other games that day

  • Norwich City0
    Aston Villa2
  • Brentford0
    Manchester United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 16 +33 37
3 Chelsea 16 +27 36
4 West Ham United 16 +9 28
5 Manchester United 16 +2 27
6 Arsenal 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Leicester City 16 0 22
9 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
11 Brentford 16 -1 20
12 Brighton and Hove Albion 15 -2 20
13 Crystal Palace 16 0 19
14 Everton 16 -8 18
15 Southampton 16 -10 16
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford 16 -10 13
18 Burnley 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 16 -17 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
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