When the ultimate whistle blew at a rain-swept Elland Street, with the managers soaked from head to toe, Marcelo Bielsa went over to Pep Guardiola and positioned each arms on his shoulders.
The mentor needed an prompt evaluation from his teaching disciple.
Such an exhilarating sport of end-to-end attacking soccer left Guardiola’s thoughts nonetheless a whirl of ideas.
What to make of seeing his Manchester Metropolis aspect held 1-1 by Bielsa’s Leeds on Saturday?
“Possibly he’s a lot cleverer than me,” Guardiola mentioned, recounting the touchline change. “I want time to course of.”
It will not be arduous to determine how Metropolis — the 2018 and 2019 Premier League champions — conceded the equaliser within the 59th minute to a group taking part in solely its fourth prime division sport after 16-year exile.
Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson’s weak punch from Kalvin Phillips’ nook allowed striker Rodrigo to pounce on the free ball and rating his first objective since becoming a member of Leeds for a club-record price.
At the very least 15 gamers within the Metropolis squad — together with Ederson — price Guardiola’s aspect greater than the 27 million kilos (about $49 million) Leeds paid for Rodrigo within the low season.
Whereas Leeds had seven pictures on the right track, Raheem Sterling’s 16th-minute strike low shot contained in the far submit was considered one of solely two for Metropolis.
“A troublesome opponent as anticipated,” Sterling mentioned. “However a draw will not be sufficient for what we goal for. We should do extra and higher.”
Particularly with Metropolis already eight factors behind Everton, which is the early chief after beating Brighton Four-2 to make it 4 wins out of 4.
Fifth-place Leeds, which like Everton has performed a sport greater than Metropolis, remains to be three factors forward of Guardiola’s aspect. Chelsea is forward of Leeds on objective distinction after beating Crystal Palace Four-Zero.
“That is why this sport is wonderful,” Guardiola mirrored on the draw, “sadly with out spectators.”
On the weekend when spectators had been initially attributable to begin being allowed again into Premier League video games — as they already are in Germany — the doorways stay shut on authorities orders attributable to a spike in infections.
Newcastle was internet hosting Burnley within the fourth and ultimate sport of the day and claimed a Three-1 win.
Everton is having fun with its finest begin to a season because the 19th century after a seventh straight win in all competitions.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed Everton in entrance within the 16th minute along with his ninth objective of the season, however an error by Jordan Pickford allowed Neal Maupay to degree for Brighton to equalize after the goalkeeper could not maintain onto Leandro Trossard’s volley.
However Yerry Mina headed Everton again in entrance after assembly a free kick from fellow Colombian James Rodríguez in first-half stoppage time.
Rodríguez then took his tally to a few targets since signing from Actual Madrid after getting on the top of crosses from Alex Iwobi and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
“He is a prime participant and when he will get on the ball you see that high quality he is received,” Calvert-Lewin mentioned of Rodríguez. “He attracts individuals in and opens house up for different gamers and for me, as a middle ahead, he creates possibilities and that is all I can hope for.”
Brighton, which scored a late second from Yves Bissouma, has three factors from 4 video games.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s lead was secured by Ben Chilwell scoring on his league debut from Tammy Abraham’s flick-on within the 50th minute and the leftback’s cross arrange Kurt Zouma for a header within the 66th.
Jorginho added the third from the penalty spot within the 78th after Abraham was tripped by Tyrick Mitchell.
Abraham hoped to get on the scoresheet when Kai Havertz was fouled by Mamadou Sakho. However the striker’s bid to take the spot kick was overruled by Cesar Azpilicueta intervening handy the ball to Jorginho, who transformed within the 82nd.
“I feel it is cleared up,” Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard mentioned. “Tammy perhaps along with his youthful exuberance and efficiency that he’d had within the sport, which I feel was excellent, he made a little bit of mistake and needed to take the penalty. We’ve a chosen penalty taker as you noticed with the primary penalty and that is been handled within the dressing room.”
American ahead Christian Pulisic got here off the bench within the 83rd for his first look since recovering from a proper hamstring damage sustained in Chelsea’s FA Cup ultimate loss to Arsenal in August.
Chelsea has seven factors from 4 video games and Palace is on six.