Sunday Mirror

Super Stu holds up Blues bid


means City’s 14-point lead over rivals Manchester United could be down to just eight by the time Pep Guardiola’s men play their next League game at Aston Villa on April 21.

Guardiola said: “What happens when you lose a game is that you realise how difficult it is what we have done so far.

“The next four games are finals for us in the Champions League, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but we have confidence.

“Defeat is sometimes necessary to understand how difficult it is what we have done. But congratula­tions to Leeds when they went down to ten men they defended deep and made it difficult.

“When they defend in the way they were you have to stop them running and we did not do that. “

Defeat — City’s second in their last 29 matches — was a shock for Guardiola.

But he insisted he had no regrets about rotating his team and leaving Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan out of the starting line-up.

The Spaniard added: “When you win you are a genius, when you lose it’s not so good.”

Guardiola’s coronation was slowed down by a Leeds side that played the entire second half with 10 men after skipper Liam Cooper’s red card.

Victory was also

Marcelo Bielsa’s first win over Guardiola in five meetings, but he was happier for two goal Dallas.

“It gives me great happiness because he is a player whose game is built on a lot of generosity,” said the Leeds boss (above).

“He helps all his teammates to recover the ball and not lose it. For him to have scored two goals is normally an anomaly but it is deserved.”

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