Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has revealed his dialog with Pep Guardiola after his aspect’s draw with Manchester Metropolis final month.
The midfielder put in a formidable efficiency within the 1-1 draw, which noticed Leeds come from behind to seize a deserved level towards Metropolis, who led by way of Raheem Sterling’s 17th-minute opener.
Chatting with The Instances, Phillips admitted he feared for the worst after conceding first attributable to how properly Guardiola’s aspect have been enjoying.
But he felt Leeds tailored properly and began to interrupt up Metropolis’s play.
“I’ve by no means seen soccer prefer it from any staff,” Phillips mentioned. “Simply how sharp it was, how properly coordinated all of the actions have been.
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“Once they scored, I believed this could possibly be a 5-Zero recreation right here. However we obtained into it, began making tackles.”
Phillips is an enormous fan of Metropolis midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, describing him as the perfect footballer, however he did not get the Belgian star’s shirt post-match.
As a substitute, the 24-year-old revealed he was congratulated by Guardiola for his efficiency within the recreation – one thing Phillips believes was a pleasant contact.
“If you need a soccer participant to be like anyone it might be Kevin De Bruyne,” Phillips mentioned.
“He can do all the pieces, defend, assault, run, maintain the ball, deal with.
“He’s 6ft, sturdy, fast, so sensible with the way in which he finds area to get on the ball.
“It was a great battle between us. I felt it was one in all my finest video games. I didn’t get his shirt. I didn’t get anyone’s shirt.
“I used to be extra mesmerised by Pep Guardiola giving me a handshake, and saying, ‘Congratulations, properly achieved.’ That was good.”