Sport Rio Ferdinand hails Leeds as 'magnificent to a man' after Man City win
Ferdinand questions whether Liverpool's style of play has led to slump
Liverpool were eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid despite delivering a much-improving showing in the second leg - leaving them solely in a top four fight.Jurgen Klopp's team were eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid despite delivering a much-improving showing in the second leg.
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.
And former Leeds centre half Ferdinand hailed the side's spirit for grinding out the win in adverse circumstances.
Ferdinand says 'timing' of Mourinho's sacking 'doesn't make sense'
The Portuguese manager was sacked on Monday, just six days before they play against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. Ferdinand was shocked by the timing of his sacking.Mourinho, 58, replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 but has now been dismissed after a dismal Premier League campaign and failure in the Europa League.
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.
'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.
Lescott and Ferdinand: Liam Cooper was rightly sent off at Man City
The BT Sport pundits claimed Andre Marriner and VAR made the 'right decision' to send off Leeds captain Liam Cooper at Manchester City for a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus. With Marcelo Bielsa leading 1-0 against the Premier League leaders just minutes before half-time, Cooper cleared the ball away from Jesus but caught the Brazilian striker high on the knee.Referee Marriner initially awarded a foul to City and a yellow card to Cooper but upgraded the punishment to a sending off after consulting the VAR monitor, a decision which former City defender Lescott agreed with.
'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.
Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are 'under pressure' to reach top four .
After Real Madrid ended their Champions League ambitions on Wednesday, Liverpool's only route into next year's competition is via the league - but they have been outside the top four since February.After Real Madrid ended their Champions League ambitions on Wednesday, Liverpool's only route into next year's competition is via the league.