Jesse Marsch has told his Leeds United players that they have to be ‘pesky’ for Manchester City when they meet this weekend.

City will travel to Elland Road for yet another crucial fixture in the Premier League title race. By the time the match kicks off on Saturday evening, Pep Guardiola’s side could be two points behind Liverpool as they play Newcastle United in the day’s early game, so any slip up could be disastrous.

Leeds are still scrapping for their survival despite an upturn in form under new manager Marsch. The Yorkshire club have gone five games without defeat and are currently sit five points above the drop zone, but 18th placed Everton do have a game in hand. Any points picked up against City would be massive in their survival hopes.

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Marsch is used to competing at the opposite end of the table in his previous roles at New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig, so knows how tricky it can be to come up against a side fighting at the bottom of the table. The American is hoping to replicate that when City arrive at Elland Road.

“I’m used to being on the other end of the spectrum fighting for the title and I know that playing against relegation foes can be a pesky match, and that’s our job on the day – to make the match pesky for Man City,” Marsch said.

“I think the league is so good and my respect for every team is so high that it just comes down to the focus and concentration for every game, I don’t have the energy for more.

“I don’t have energy to think about the table and how other teams are doing, what it’s going to look like at the end of the year, I assumed from the very second that I took the job that I was going to be knee deep in everything until May 22nd and I think it’ll stay that way.”

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