Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has raved about Leeds United on BT Sport during coverage of Pep Guardiola’s side knocking Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League – labelling the Whites “unique”.
Gundogan, 30, helped Manchester City edge into the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night with a 2-1 away win over former side Borussia Dortmund – helping Guardiola’s men win 4-2 on aggregate.
Jude Bellingham put Dortmund ahead on the night, which saw Dortmund lead on away goals but City – like they did in the first leg – came roaring back. Emre Can conceded a penalty, and Riyad Mahrez scored. Phil Foden made sure.
The win comes off the back of City losing 2-1 on Saturday to 10-man Leeds United and £140,000-a-week (Spotrac) Gundogan was full of praise for Marcelo Bielsa’s side – applauding both the tactics of the Leeds team, and the quality.
“It was frustrating, we tried everything that day to win the game,” Gundogan told BT – as per Leeds Live. “It wasn’t meant to be, we conceded two simple goals – maybe it was too easy for Leeds to score their goals.
“At the end, they defended well. The way they approach the game is unique and they have quality in their team as well. So it wasn’t our best day but we’ll try to keep going.”
TBR’s view – How can Leeds improve next season?
Joleon Lescott made a bizarre claim about Leeds ahead of the win over Manchester City, suggesting that under Bielsa, Leeds have hit a ceiling by achieving a mid-table spot. But surely, the sky is the limit for Leeds and Bielsa.
To achieve what looks to be a mid-table slot in their first season, Leeds need to recruit well this summer. They need to improve the starting XI in two or three places – with players that adhere to Bielsa’s ethos and work rate.
If Leeds can bring in the right signings, of course they can go again.