Pep Guardiola will go up against his idol Marcelo Bielsa for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday, as Man City travel to impressive Leeds United for the tea time kickoff.
The Whites have won two of their three games back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, beating Sheffield United and Fulham after a brave opening day defeat to defending champions Liverpool.
Leeds will be without the man who assisted their winner last week though, as Jack Harrison is ineligible to play against his parent club after extending his loan spell at Elland Road in the summer. Bielsa hinted in his press conference that Macedonian Ezgjan Alioski is likely to start in his place.
Bayern Munich midfielder Mickael Cuisance was set to sign for the Yorkshire club in the coming days, failed a medical on Thursday, which collapsed the move. However, new boy Diego Llorente could make his debut after joining from Real Sociedad a week ago.
As for Manchester City, new defender Ruben Dias could be involved after completing a €68m move from Benfica in the week, with Nathan Ake potentially shifting across to left-back. Aymeric Laporte should make his first league appearance of the season after spending 10 days in isolation after contracting coronavirus.
Guardiola must decide what to do with his lack of strikers though, with Cole Palmer leading the line against Burnley in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Both he and Liam Delap are likely to be included in the squad, although either Riyad Mahrez or Raheem Sterling could start as a false nine in what is sure to be a tactical battle between Bielsa and Guardiola.
Speaking about the Spaniard, Bielsa insisted he does not feel like a mentor to the Man City manager, and claimed that the former Barcelona boss is independent in his ideas and that his teams play like no other.
Leeds United vs Manchester City at Elland Road kicks off on Saturday, October 3rd at 5.30pm.