Redknapp unimpressed by City's Walker and Mendy after Leeds scare

‘The full-backs time after time are making mistakes’: Jamie Redknapp left unimpressed by Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy as Pep Guardiola’s defence survives scare to claim a point at Leeds

  • Manchester City were held 1-1 by a battling Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday
  • The Citizens were in control early on but when Leeds attacked City struggled
  • Both Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker struggled in the frantically paced game 
  • Pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards criticised both the players 

Jamie Redknapp had no doubts over the culprits for Manchester City’s struggles at Leeds, slamming full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy. 

City left Elland Road with a point after Raheem Sterling’s opener, scored amid early City dominance, was cancelled-out by Rodrigo’s tap-in during a period of end-to-end chaos. 

Pep Guadriola’s side lost control of the game approaching half-time and looked overrun at times, with both Mendy and Walker caught out for dangerous errors.

Manchester City were held 1-1 by Leeds United on Saturday, again struggling defensively 

Raheem Sterling gave City the lead before Rodrigo equalised as City’s defence lost control 

Full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker both struggled and both made costly mistakes 

‘The mistakes came from the full-backs today,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports.  

‘I thought Dias made some great challenges and was very composed, Laporte was caught out a couple of times but that’s got the making of a good partnership. 

‘It’s just the full-backs time after time making mistakes, getting done one-on-one.’

City were hoping to bounce-back from a humiliating 5-2 defeat to Leicester last week but despite their attack looking sharp, Leeds exposed the same issues at the back. 

Jamie Redknapp was unimpressed by the pair, placing the blame on the duo for the breakdown

City need to find a solution quickly with Premier League rivals Liverpool already pulling away

With Liverpool building an unbeaten run at the start of the season once again, time is slipping away from Guardiola to repair the Citizens’ leaks.  

‘Watching a lot of City games I’m positive about how expansive they’re playing,’ former City defender Micah Richards added. 

‘But there seems to be a lot of defensive mistakes creeping in and it keeps happening week in and week out. 

‘If they want to be challenging for the top they need to eradicate them.’ 

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