Result, Ratings and Match Quotes

Manchester City put themselves back in command of the Premier League table after Pep Guardiola’s outfit ended up running rampant at Elland Road to the tune of a 4-0 win against Leeds United this evening.

The pressure was on City to some extent after Liverpool laid the benchmark with a dominant win against Newcastle United on the road in the afternoon kick-off, but the holding league champions responded in a resounding fashion while earning officially going sixteen unbeaten away from home, setting a new club record.

Leeds fans can hold their heads high after the manner in which they supported the home side was brilliant throughout, speaking to the passion that the locals have for their beloved Whites, but the reality of the performance was far from acceptable and their remains a real threat that they could go back down to the Championship if Everton finds their voice in the final weeks of the season.

Leeds United Player Ratings

Meslier (5.5) – Normally you can excuse the keeper for surrendering three against City, but two set-piece goals from City is inexcusable and smacks of poor organization.

Stuart Dallas (6) – A competitive outing from Dallas even if he was not entirely effective. Sadly taken off before half-time with what looks to be a season-ending injury.

Luke Ayling (5.5) – Tasked with a tough role on the right side of the back three against City, Ayling failed to meet the challenge. Not his best day from him.

Robin Koch (6) – The former SC Freiburg standout defender was okay today, but still a long way off from the player that was courted by much bigger fish last summer.

Pascal Struijk (6) – Halfway decent on the day from Struijk, though should Leeds remain up, upgrading on him may become a viable decision to make.

Junior Firpo (5.5) – Firpo has struggled mightily to adapt to life at Leeds. Today was another example of that, which was rounded off by an early booking.

Raphinha (6.5) – A hard performance to gauge by the gifted Brazilian, Once unleashed from temporarily slotting into right-back, he was much more effective.

Kalvin Phillips (6) – Largely overrun in midfield, trying to lock down the center of the park against City’s trio is never easy. Not his best day but not awful.

Mateusz Klich (6) – Not expected to start today but pressed into service after Liam Cooper was injured in warm-ups, Klich was okay throughout but also off the boil.

Jack Harrison (6) – Lively from the winger and had one or two moments where he was influential but he remains in a down period this season like most of the Leeds team.

Rodrigo (5) – Not good enough from the Spanish striker who failed to manage any influential moments. Leeds truly misses Patrick Bamford.

Dan James (6) – A slightly better day for Dan James in the final third after coming on just before half time but not even his pace could break the goal plain.

Joe Gelhardt (6) – Nearly scored a consolation goal for Leeds in the second half but the youngster put in a pretty decent shift. His potential from him is clear.

Sam Greenwood (N/A) – Only given seven minutes before stoppage to influence matters and really did not have enough time to influence proceedings considerably.

Manchester City Player Ratings

Edison (7) – Typical performance from Ederson who made a handful of big saves in the latter stages to keep Leeds from securing a consolation goal.

João Cancelo (8) – Struggled in phases in the first half when Leeds pressed incredibly well, but once he settled, he was his usual reliable self.

Ruben Dias (8) – Bagged an assist or Aké’s goal and was his usual monstrous self at the back in a very good display which included a key block against Raphinha.

Aymeric Laporte (7) – A good day at the office for Laporte who was reliable when his number was called in defense.

Nathan Aké (7.5) – Very solid from the Dutch international defender, who slotted home City’s second goal of the evening in the second half to round off a good display.

Rodrigo (8.5) – Another fantastic display in the middle of the park from the Spanish midfielder. Hard to argue against him being the best holding player in Europe.

Ilkay Gundogan (7) – Good overall. The German midfielder remains as consistent as ever under Pep Guardiola and the same can be said today.

Raheem Sterling (8) – Unlucky not to take something away from the match on a personal level but Raheem Sterling was City’s best player for much of the match.

Phil Foden (8) – A brace of assists tonight for England starlet Phil Foden operating behind Gabriel Jesus in the ten role. He struggled in small patches but overall he was good.

Jack Grealish (7) – It was a good performance from Grealish who may feel as though he should have won a penalty and probably deserved a goal or an assist on the day.

Gabriel Jesus (8) – Gabriel Jesus cannot stop scoring at the minute for City. He was good once again, and his desire for him to leave the club may come back to haunt them.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (6) – Nothing more than okay when coming off the bench to replace Nathan Aké, who potentially picked up a knock in the first half.

Bernardo Silva (6) – More about getting some miles into his legs than expecting him to put in a good performance. Decent enough from the Portuguese.

Fernando (7) – Came off the bench to replace Rodri and delivered a well-struck goal from just outside the box for City’s four. A good substitute offering.

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Key central defender Liam Cooper was injured in the warm-up before Leeds United took the pitch at Elland Road against Manchester City in what was a big blow for Jesse Marsch’s outfit who remain in the fight for Premier League safety.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team PM W D L F A D P
one Liverpool F.C. 3. 4 25 7 two 86 22 64 82
two Manchester City 33 25 5 3 80 twenty-one 59 80
3 Chelsea F.C. 33 19 9 5 68 28 40 66
4 Arsenal F.C. 33 19 3 eleven 52 40 12 60
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 18 4 eleven 56 38 18 58
6 Man Utd 35 fifteen 10 10 54 52 two 55
7 West Ham United 3. 4 fifteen 7 12 52 44 8 52
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 fifteen 4 14 33 29 4 49
9 Newcastle United 35 eleven 10 14 40 56 -16 43
10 leicester city 32 eleven 9 12 47 51 -4 42
eleven Brighton & Hove Albion 3. 4 9 14 eleven 31 42 -eleven 41
12 Brentford F.C. 3. 4 eleven 7 16 41 49 -8 40
13 Southampton F.C. 3. 4 9 13 12 40 56 -16 40
14 Crystal Palace 33 8 14 eleven 43 41 two 38
fifteen Aston-Villa 32 eleven 4 17 42 46 -4 37
16 Leeds United 33 8 10 fifteen 38 68 -30 3. 4
17 Burnley F.C. 33 6 13 14 29 Four. Five -16 31
18 Everton F.C. 32 8 5 19 3. 4 55 -twenty-one 29
19 Watford F.C. 33 6 4 23 31 67 -36 22
twenty Norwich City 33 5 6 22 22 69 -47 twenty-one

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