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‘It’s a big compliment’ – 45-year-old issues interesting Leeds United verdict: Opinion



Leeds United head to Rotherham this weekend, with the Whites looking to get back to winning ways following defeat to Stoke City last time out.

Ahead of the fixture Rotherham manager Paul Warne has described his opponent as ‘an excellent side’ that are like a ‘little Manchester City’.

So is Warne right in his assessment of Leeds?

We discuss…..

Gary Hutchinson

“In what way?

“They’re not bankrolled and buying success at all.

“I couldn’t think of a side less like Manchester City in their approach to recruitment and player development.

“On the field, that’s different. It’s a dangerous comparison which could lead to the wrong conclusions.”

Louie Chandler

“In terms of the playing style he is right.

“In terms of building a side, however, he is not. Bielsa came and predominantly worked with what he had.

“Guardiola, on the other hand, has spent 100s of millions on Manchester City.”

Jacob Potter

“I can see where he’s coming from.

“Bielsa’s high intensity and possession based style of football is a joy to watch and it is a similar way as to what Manchester City play.

“Leeds will be hoping to join City in the Premier League this year, and I think they’re the favourites to win promotion back to the top flight.”

Jay Taylor

“This isn’t too far from the truth in terms of how they play and the feeling about them this season.

“Apart from the finances there are familiarities between the two sides with Leeds so hard to beat and preforming so well in the league.

“I would agree with Warne in that respect, but they are by no means unbeatable.

“It will be an interesting contest between the sides this weekend.”

Alfie Burns

“It’s a big compliment.

“Leeds are playing some great stuff and there are similarities between them and City.

“However, you’ve got to say Leeds aren’t clinical enough. They aren’t beating anyone 9-0.”

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