Marsch anticipates tough time against Haaland when Leeds face Man City in PL return

Mueez Ajao

– Jesse Marsch says Leeds are expecting boyhood Whites fan Erling Haaland to “cause issues” when they face Manchester City on Wednesday.

– City’s Premier League top scorer Haaland was born in Leeds when his father, Alf Inge, played for the club.

– Marsch was previously Haaland’s manager at Red Bull Salzburg and says the Norwegian had texted him ahead of City’s trip to Elland Road.

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– “He texted me as soon as the schedule came out,” said Marsch.

– “I gave him permission to have a small hamstring injury for that match!

– “He was born in Leeds, his father has history here and he has the club in his heart because of that. When I got the job, him and his father were supportive. We’ll expect him to be fully ready and that causes issues for us.”

– Leeds are 15th in the Premier League having picked up just four wins in the first part of the season before the World Cup break.

– Marsch said the club used the time to “invest in the fitness of the team”, adding that although a number of players picked up minor injuries, progress had been made and the team’s “togetherness is strong”.

– However, he admits Leeds face a “monumental task” when they welcome the Premier League champions.

– “Right now, it is Man City we are focused on. I would have hoped their players would have gone deeper in the World Cup, but it is so competitive,” he said.

– “They have a great squad and the best manager in the world.

– “We are not afraid of the biggest opponents. We’ve proven we can compete and get points, but we need a good plan and execution to do that and we know that.”