Rio Ferdinand hails Leeds as ‘magnificent to a man’ and applauds Marcelo Bielsa’s side for staying ‘calm and composed’ after 10 men secured dramatic win over Manchester City
- Bielsa’s outfit saw out a famous victory against runaway league leaders Man City
- Midfielder Stuart Dallas scored both goals to seal a superb smash-and-grab win
- The result came despite being without captain Liam Cooper for the second half
Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Leeds for their ‘magnificent’ performance after they secured a famous 2-1 win away at Manchester City.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were reduced to 10 men against the runaway Premier League leaders just before the interval after a poor tackle from captain Liam Cooper.
Despite Ferran Torres equalising with 15 minutes left, Leeds picked off a rotated City team on the counter-attack, with midfielder Stuart Dallas scoring his second in the 91st minute to seal the win.
Ten-man Leeds struck late on to secure a famous victory away at Manchester City on Saturday
Ex-Leeds man Rio Ferdinand praised Marcelo Bielsa’s side for their ‘magnificent’ performance
And former Leeds centre half Ferdinand hailed the side’s spirit for grinding out the win in adverse circumstances.
He said on BT Sport after the match: ‘We’ve asked, can Leeds adapt? They were forced to go down to 10 men and were magnificent to a man. They spent 45 minutes down to 10 men against a team like this.
‘The energy, when they won the ball they were still a threat. Leeds fully deserved the result, fantastic performance. These guys were committed. You get a sending off, sometimes teams capitulate but they were calm and composed.
Northern Irish midfielder Stuart Dallas (right) netted in the 91st minute to wrap up a 2-1 win
‘They looked like they were absolutely under control and where they are meant to be. There was a cutting edge when they got the ball. City at times had half chances where you thought they could do better, but you have got to give Leeds credit.
‘They aren’t conservative, they just throw it at them. There is never a step back with this Leeds team, it is always on the front foot You have to give credit to this team. Stuart Dallas in particular and Kalvin Phillips. Phenomenal.’
Manchester City travel to Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday before facing Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, while Leeds host Liverpool and Manchester United in their next two.
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