Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is facing up to six weeks out with a shoulder problem. 

Phillips sustained the injury during Leeds' 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Monday, though he played the entire 90 minutes. 

The 24-year-old is consequently expected to be unavailable for England's Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland in November. 

A club statement read: "Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips suffered a shoulder injury in last night's Premier League defeat to Wolves at Elland Road.  

"Whilst we are pleased to confirm that surgery is not required, the Leeds born England International could still face up to six weeks on the sidelines. 

"Kalvin began his rehab at Thorp Arch this morning and will be working hard with the medical team to return to action as soon as possible."

Phillips has missed just 15 games in all competitions for Leeds since Marcelo Bielsa took over ahead of the 2018-19 season. 

They have suffered six defeats in those matches (eight victories, one draw), with their win percentage dropping to 53.3 per cent from 54.9 per cent when Phillips is in the team. 

Leeds on average score fewer goals (down to 1.5 from 1.6) and concede more (up to 1.1 from 1.0) when playing without the England midfielder.

It was no real surprise to see Ruben Dias come straight into the Manchester City team for his Premier League debut at Leeds United.

Pep Guardiola's men were returning to league action for the first time since a humiliating 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester City last weekend – the centre-back pairing of Nathan Ake and Eric Garcia on that occasion were subsequently dropped.

Dias, a Portugal international, arrived from Benfica this week in a deal worth an initial £62million (€68m) following several months of speculation linking City with new centre-backs.

After being comfortably beaten to the Premier League title last term, Guardiola was certain what area of his team needed improving and he has been backed.

At Elland Road on Saturday, Dias did little wrong, but the match did highlight another issue with City's defence.

Dias a cool customer

The second half saw tactics pretty much go out of the window, a particularly novel and entertaining element of the encounter given it was a contest between two of the game's most highly thought of tacticians.

But Dias, put straight into the starting XI, was the embodiment of composure throughout.

He was right into the thick of it as well – Dias had a header from a corner deflected wide after just four minutes and then nodded agonisingly wide from another set-piece soon after.

His distribution, while by no means spectacular, was solid – his 82 per cent success rate an improvement on the 77 posted by Aymeric Laporte, who was the sloppier of the two City centre-backs.

Dias also showed his ease in possession after 34 minutes as he cut out a long ball by controlling with his thigh, before nudging possession off to Rodri despite being put under pressure – while not necessarily an incident for a highlight reel, it was one of numerous moments that suggested his suitability for City's style of play.

But defensively he was also solid, making a team-high four clearances and two blocks, one of which halted a Helder Costa delivery across the face of goal, subsequently winning a free-kick from the winger with a clever side-step in the immediate aftermath.

Mendy run ragged

Mendy did actually start the thrilling encounter well with some forward runs, but there was a hint of things to come just before half-time when the left-back's issues with concentration were laid bare.

The Frenchman attempted to bring down Kalvin Phillips' cross-field pass as he tracked back towards goal, but his relaxed touch was pounced upon by Luke Ayling, only for Ederson to bail out his full-back.

Half-time will have given him a chance to compose himself, but the start of the second period coincided with the introduction of former City youngster Ian Poveda.

Within a minute of his entry Poveda was straight at Mendy and Raheem Sterling, tricking his way past the latter before running at the former and getting a cross into the danger zone, which was met by Patrick Bamford who saw his effort deflected wide.

That was just a sign of things to come for Mendy and he was all over the place to the extent that he was withdrawn for centre-back Ake with 19 minutes to go.

One tackle and a solitary clearance was all Mendy managed in terms of defensive actions during his 71 minutes on the pitch, while he failed to deliver a single cross – given attacking output is considered his strong side, that is not a good look for him.

City are rumoured to be chasing another left-back, with Nicolas Tagliafico and David Alaba said to be targets, and on the evidence of this match it is easy to see why.

Substitutes change the game for Leeds

Leeds struggled initially, particularly in the first 20 minutes. Although they did improve until the break, the hosts still only managed four shots in the first period but then had double that after the interval.

Poveda was the first to be introduced and certainly made an impact, running at the City left flank almost every time he got the ball.

A January signing from City, Poveda won two fouls thanks to his direct style of play, while his one key pass had City on the back foot right at the start of the second period, setting the tone for Leeds' improvement.

The 20-year-old winger attempted six dribbles and completed four of them, highlighting the problem he posed Mendy and Sterling.

But he wasn't the only Leeds sub to test the visitors – Rodrigo Moreno was similarly lively off the bench, getting the equaliser as he reacted quickest to an Ederson error at a corner.

The Spain international looked in the mood as soon as he came on, with his first action seeing him run at Dias and work just enough space for a shot that took a slight deflection on to the crossbar and out for a corner – it was this set-piece, just three minutes after Rodrigo was brought on, that brought the Leeds goal.

He continued to be a pest, however, with the last of his three attempts forcing Ederson to tip his header on to the crossbar, while he also produced a couple of key passes – firstly teeing up Helder Costa, before then finding Bamford, who was denied by the City keeper.

Leeds won't always play against teams as open as City, but with schemers like Rodrigo – and, seemingly – Poveda, unlocking packed defences certainly won't be beyond them.

Pep Guardiola accepted a 1-1 draw was a fair result for Manchester City after they were pegged back by Leeds United at Elland Road.

Raheem Sterling gave a depleted City side the lead in the 17th minute, with the visitors dominating for the majority of the opening half of Saturday's Premier League fixture.

However, Leeds weathered the storm amid heavy rainfall and, after the break, caused their opponents problems. Eventually, Rodrigo equalised, the Spaniard capitalising on an error by visiting goalkeeper Ederson.

The two teams then went toe-to-toe in pursuit of a winner and while City were unable to score again, Guardiola was pleased with the performance, considering some of the key players missing.

"It was a good game, a fair result," Guardiola told Sky Sports. "We made an incredible 30 minutes when we could have scored more goals, but we could not.  

"We knew this was a team that, until the final whistle, they will be there. But my team, with the situation that we have, without pre-season and a lot of players out, they showed an incredible behaviour. 

"Unfortunately, we could not win, but we move on from here."

City were without forward duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, as well as midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, though new signing Ruben Dias featured from the start following his arrival from Benfica.

On the performance of the team, Guardiola added: "We played a good game, a different game to ones we're used to - more up and down, more transitions.  

"In the first half, before they had the chances at the end, we had chances to kill the game.  

"In the second half it was a little more equal - there was a part when they were better, then in the last 10 or 15 minutes we were better as we tried to win the game."

Guardiola admitted it is "not easy" to play against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds, who have impressed in the early stages of the 2020-21 season following their return to the top flight.

"They put a lot of players behind our midfield line, they attack incredibly quick with the quality of players they have, fast players outside," the City boss said. 

"It's not easy to play against them. I think all the teams they played this season so far, and last season in the Championship, they've shown how good they are."

Rodrigo capitalised on a bad mistake from Ederson to score his first goal for Leeds United and secure a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester City at Elland Road.

City, hammered 5-2 at home by Leicester City last weekend, made a blistering start in driving rain at Elland Road and Raheem Sterling deservedly put them in front.

Leeds grew into a pulsating contest, though, and record signing Rodrigo opened his account for the promoted side soon after coming on when goalkeeper Ederson made a mess of trying to deal with a corner.

Rodrigo also hit the crossbar twice as the Whites continued their impressive start to life in the top tier, although City felt they should have had a late penalty for a challenge on Sterling.

It meant Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa having to settle for a point apiece in a clash that was billed as the master against the apprentice.

Pep Guardiola hailed Marcelo Bielsa as "the most authentic manager all the time" and a "gift" to the Premier League ahead of Manchester City's trip to Elland Road.

Guardiola has long since spoken of his huge admiration for the Leeds United boss, describing the wily Argentine as the best coach in the world.

Bielsa dismissed talk of being a mentor for City manager Guardiola as the two prepare to pit their wits against each other in the English top flight for the first time on Saturday.

Guardiola travelled to Argentina for an inspirational meeting with Bielsa back in 2006 and has since come up against the 65-year-old when Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao did battle in LaLiga.

There was huge praise from Guardiola for Bielsa on the eve of the showdown in West Yorkshire.

The Spaniard told the media: "He's probably the person I've admired the most in world football. As a manager and as a person.

"I think he's the most authentic manager all the time, in terms of how he conducts his teams. He's unique. Nobody can imitate him, it's impossible, Especially his behaviour as a person on the pitch, related to the media.

"I was fortunate, I don't see him every week, but the pleasure to when I can spend time with him, it's so inspirational for me.

"My theory is the manager is not about the titles, because I feel far away from his knowledge. My teams won more titles than his, but in terms of knowledge of the game, I am away from him. It is a good present, a good gift to have him in the Premier League."

Leeds have won two of their opening three matches on their return to top tier after a 16-year absence and only a late Liverpool goal consigned them to a 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

Guardiola knows what to expect from Bielsa's in-form side this weekend.

He said: "They do exactly what they have to do. They are a team, fight for each other, defend a lot around the box. They have good build-up.

"At the right moment, they arrive with a lot of players. I played three times against Marcelo at Bilbao, and every game was so difficult."

Hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah saved the day for Liverpool after promoted Leeds gave the champions a huge scare in a 4-3 thriller on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The Reds striker struck a decisive 88th-minute penalty, his second spot-kick of the game at Anfield, to ensure last season's all-conquering side started the new campaign on a positive note.

In a battle between last season's Premier League and Championship winners, Salah's first two goals and one from Virgil van Dijk were countered by Leeds' replies from Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich.

A sub-plot to this Merseyside showdown was the tactical battle between managers Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa, and the latter looked like coming away with a point until Rodrigo fouled Fabinho, allowing Salah to slot home and win the game.

Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the third minute when Salah's shot struck the outstretched right arm of Leeds debutant Robin Koch, via the unlucky defender's knee. Salah took responsibility from 12 yards and lashed his penalty high into the net, down the middle.

A sublime leveller from Leeds arrived in the 12th minute after new England cap Kalvin Phillips fed Harrison on the left. Harrison skipped infield, fending off Trent Alexander-Arnold, before drilling past Alisson from the edge of the penalty area.

The hosts restored their lead in the 20th minute when Van Dijk sprinted away from Koch and headed in Andy Robertson's corner from the left.

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier made a fine save to spare Pascal Struijk the embarrassment of an own goal, tipping over after the defender deflected Robertson's cross, and the visitors briefly drew level for a second time when Bamford seized on sloppiness from Van Dijk to slot in.

Salah fired Liverpool 3-2 in front in the 33rd minute of a wild first half. With Robertson's free-kick into the heart of the penalty area only half-cleared, Liverpool's Egyptian striker had space and time to pick his spot and blaze a shot high into the right corner.

Those first-half strikes made Salah the first Liverpool player to score on the opening day of four consecutive Premier League seasons, and only the second player from any club to achieve the feat, after Teddy Sheringham's run from 1992-93 to 1995-96.

Leeds brought on record signing Rodrigo for his debut with half an hour remaining, and he would be involved later, but it was Klich who struck their third equaliser of the game in the 66th minute.

He took on a clever pass into the penalty area from Helder Costa on the right and smashed a shot into the left corner as the ball sat up perfectly. Leeds looked poised to hold on, only to be stung so late, an early warning of the challenges that lie ahead for them.

Jurgen Klopp believes Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is an inspiration to the football world as the fabled coach prepares to make his Premier League bow.

Former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao boss Bielsa has transformed Leeds' fortunes since arriving at Elland Road in 2018, leading them to the Championship title last season after falling short in the 2018-19 play-offs.

His famed high-pressing style has earned admirers across the globe and Klopp certainly counts himself among them ahead of Leeds' trip to Anfield on the opening Saturday of the new season.

"I admire him, but I was never close enough to him to really follow up," he said.

"I've watched his teams playing and that's pretty exceptional. The rest I got from newspapers and the rest.

"We have a different approach. There are similarities but there are big differences as well.

"I like him, without knowing him, as a proper character. Maybe the hardest working of all of us. I don't think we can compete with him in that area."

Klopp chuckled when he recalled the dossier of tactical information Bielsa presented from Leeds' preparations to host Derby County last year - a move he felt forced into after a member of his staff was caught spying at the Midlands club's training ground.

"When I think about the analysis around the Derby game… there was some information about the opponent. We have a lot of information, I'm not sure we have the same amount," Klopp recalled.

"We didn't see any kind of suspicious people around our training ground this week, so it's all fine.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting him. He's an inspiration for all coaches because what he does, he sticks with it, pushes it through and is successful with it.

"That makes him really interesting in this business."

The intensity Leeds are expected to bring to Anfield is something Klopp also wants to see in his own team's bid for back-to-back Premier League crowns.

Just don't call it a title defence.

He said: "Someone told me we have to defend the title. I don't understand that - maybe I am not smart enough.

"If there's a title out there, we obviously showed last year we were able to go for it. We did it the year before as well.

"It does not mean it will not be this year. We just don't take these things for granted, but the titles out there, we attack them.

"That's how I understand it because we all start from the same position. Nil games, nil points. Now, let's go for it.

"That's how I understood it always. That's what we did in the last years, so why should we change it now?

"We didn't go out of the Champions League [against Atletico Madrid] last season because we won it the year before. We went out because we faced a really good opponent and were unlucky in the game.

"We will go again, with all we have. That's the idea."

Klopp confirmed captain Jordan Henderson is back in training following his knee injury, with a late call to be made on his fitness ahead of the weekend action.

"It looks rather promising," he added.

Marcelo Bielsa has signed a one-year contract extension to remain as Leeds United head coach for the 2020-21 season.

Former Argentina, Chile and Atletico Madrid boss Bielsa has masterminded a sensational revival in Leeds' fortunes in his two seasons in charge at Elland Road, leading them to the Premier League as Championship winners last term having fallen short in the play-offs in 2018-19.

When the 65-year-old joined Leeds in June 2018, it was on a two-year deal with an option of a third that has now been finalised.

At a pre-match news conference on Thursday, he said: "I will be working the next season at Leeds United. Everything has been sorted and it's definite I will be here this season.

"But like with every negotiation, nothing is done until it's done."

Having successfully implemented his high-pressing, fast tempo passing game, Bielsa has led Leeds to 56 wins, 17 draws and 27 defeats over the course 100 games in charge

That record is set for a stern examination on Saturday when United travel to face Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield in their 2020-21 opener, which is their first game in England's top flight since May 2004.

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed ahead of Leeds United's first game back in the Premier League that an agreement is in place for him to stay on as head coach at Elland Road.

The 65-year-old masterminded Leeds' return to the top flight after a 16-year absence by winning the Championship last season.

Bielsa's deal expired at the end of 2019-20 but Leeds have been working hard to agree fresh terms with the Argentinian, who is considered one of the most influential coaches in the game.

There has still been no official announcement on a new deal with two days to go until United's trip to champions Liverpool, but Bielsa has assured fans he is going nowhere.

"I will be working the next season at Leeds United," he confirmed at Thursday's pre-match news conference. "Everything has been sorted and it's definite I will be here this season.

"But like with every negotiation, nothing is done until it's done."

Asked why there has been a delay in agreeing a new contract, Bielsa said: "It isn't of importance. I have been working 100 per cent since we were promoted.

"The club, the fans, the players, they all deserve to be playing in the Premier League."

Leeds could not have picked a tougher first game back than a trip to Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in the league since April 2017.

Bielsa, who has brought in defender Robin Koch and forward Rodrigo Moreno during the close season, has talked up opposite number Jurgen Klopp's managerial achievements ahead of this weekend's showdown.

"The work Klopp has done everywhere has given him the chance to shine everywhere," he said. "Anything I added would be repeating the praise he has already rightly received.

"They are just champions with a consistent style of play. Without a doubt they are one of the best teams in the world."

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa signed Germany defender Robin Koch, landing another eye-catching deal following the arrival of Rodrigo Moreno.

Koch was confirmed as the latest addition to the newly promoted Premier League squad on Saturday as he signed a four-year contract, saying the presence of veteran head coach Bielsa was a telling factor.

Leeds are preparing for their first season in the Premier League since 2003-04, with the former Champions League semi-finalists determined to be well equipped for the step up from the Championship.

After Spain international Rodrigo joined on Friday for a reported £26million (€30m) from LaLiga outfit Valencia, Leeds are said to have beaten rival Premier League clubs to acquire Koch.

No details of the fee were given, although reports have suggested Leeds may have paid up to £20million for the twice-capped 24-year-old centre-back, who made his international debut last year.

Koch told LUTV: "Marcelo Bielsa was one of the main points for me to join Leeds, I've heard from everybody he is one of the best coaches and I'm really looking forward to the first session with the team and the coach.

"Leeds is such a big club and after winning the second league last year, Leeds are back."

He added: "I've played three years in the Bundesliga which is also a big league, but I think the Premier League is the next step for me."

Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona is seemingly getting more and more uncertain.

Messi, who is contracted until 2021, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants after their capitulation in the Champions League and trophy-less 2019-20 season.

And the arrival of Ronald Koeman as coach has done little to ease the concerns.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI EXPRESSES DOUBT OVER BARCELONA FUTURE

Messi expressed doubts over his future at Barcelona in his first meeting with Koeman, according to widespread reports in Spain.

Marca reports the six-time Ballon d'Or winner sees himself more out than in at Barca.

According to Mundo Deportivo, however, Messi sees an exit as complicated with his €700million release clause.

 

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- Staying at Barcelona and Koeman reportedly has his sights set on his first signing. The former Netherlands coach wants to sign Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to RAC1.

- The Jadon Sancho saga appears no closer to ending. The Telegraph reports the star's Borussia Dortmund team-mates are convinced he will stay at the Bundesliga club instead of moving to Manchester United.

- Kai Havertz's expected switch from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea seems to be going more smoothly. The Guardian says Chelsea are closing in on the star attacker with talks moving at an "encouraging pace".

- Juventus may be prepared to let Douglas Costa go. Tuttosport reports the Serie A champions are open to selling the attacker, who has previously been an apparent target for Manchester United. The report says Juve would be willing to sell Costa for just £17.9m (€20m). The Manchester Evening News, meanwhile, reports United have cooled their interest in a possible loan deal for Costa.

- Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been linked with a move. While Arsenal seemed ahead of Napoli in the race for the centre-back, Gianluca Di Marzio reports Manchester United are the latest club to make their move.

- Leeds United look set to get a boost ahead of the start of the Premier League season. The Sun says Marcelo Bielsa is finally set to sign a new deal with Leeds – at £8m per year until 2022.

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Manchester City winger Jack Harrison on loan for a third successive season.

Harrison has spent the past two campaigns at Leeds, becoming a first-team regular under Marcelo Bielsa.

The 23-year-old made 46 appearances as Leeds won the Championship and sealed promotion to the Premier League last term, scoring six times and providing eight assists.

Leeds also confirmed the loan transfer is with a view to a permanent deal.

Harrison becomes Leeds' third addition of the transfer window, with Helder Costa and goalkeeper Illan Meslier having made their stays permanent following impressive loan spells from Wolves and Lorient respectively in 2019-20.

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp has been crowned the League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Year.

Klopp oversaw a stunning campaign for the Reds, guiding them to a club-record total of 99 points to claim their first top-flight title in 30 years.  

They lost just three Premier League games all season and finished a whopping 18 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

After being presented with the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, named after the iconic ex-Manchester United manager, Klopp said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be named the winner of this wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, named after a man that I admire so much.

"It feels extra special to win this award because it is voted for by my fellow managers.

"It's an honour to be in the company of so many managers who have been named as LMA Manager of the Year before, including Liverpool managers like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish and, in recent years, Brendan Rodgers.

"Everything we have accomplished at Liverpool this year couldn't have been done without the superb input of my coaching staff; they make us a really special bunch of football brains.

"I love to work with my coaches, my players and everyone at Liverpool and, of course, I am thankful for the support from all our wonderful Liverpool fans."

Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa was named as the Championship Manager of the Year, meanwhile, after guiding the Yorkshire giants to the title and a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

What does the future hold for Quique Setien at Camp Nou?

Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in January, however, the ex-Real Betis head coach saw Barcelona dethroned as LaLiga champions by bitter rivals Real Madrid.

After leading Leeds United back to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly wanted by countryman Lionel Messi.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI URGES BARCA TO SIGN BIELSA

Lionel Messi has called for Barcelona to replace Quique Setien with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, according to The Sun.

Bielsa guided Leeds to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, ending the club's 16-year exile from England's top flight.

Now, superstar captain Messi – who is reportedly unhappy with Setien at Camp Nou – wants the dethroned LaLiga giants to bring the former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao head coach to Barcelona.

 

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- Leicester City star James Maddison has agreed a contract extension at King Power Stadium, according to The Sun. Maddison has reportedly committed himself to Leicester until 2025 following previous links to Manchester United.

- Mundo Deportivo claims Inter are eyeing Barcelona's Junior Firpo if they are unable to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign forward Callum Wilson if Bournemouth are relegated from the Premier League, says The Sun.

- Calciomercato reports Milan and Napoli are considering moves for Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai. The 19-year-old has been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.

Roma are considering a contract renewal for star Nicolo Zaniolo, according to Calciomercato. Zaniolo – who arrived from Inter in 2018 – has found his future in doubt amid talk of a falling out with head coach Paulo Fonseca and others. An Inter return has been touted, while Juventus are also reportedly interested.

- United are seriously targeting Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Le10 Sport claims the Red Devils are making a last-minute attempt to sign Gabriel, who has been linked to Napoli among others.

- Kicker reports PSG are targeting Hertha Berlin attacker Matheus Cunha. Inter are also believed to be eyeing the Brazilian.

- Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman is on a shortlist of players United are eyeing on loan should they miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, says Sky Sports News. Bayern, however, have no intention of parting with Coman. Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in Sancho.

Huddersfield Town have appointed Marcelo Bielsa's assistant Carlos Corberan as their new head coach.

Corberan joined Leeds United as their Under-23 coach ahead of the 2017-18 campaign but was soon promoted to work alongside Bielsa.

He will not be part of the Argentinian's coaching staff when Leeds play Premier League football for the first time in 16 years next season, though, after being confirmed as the permanent successor to Danny Cowley at the John Smith's Stadium.

Cobreran, whose only previous experience as a head coach was in the Cypriot top flight, told Huddersfield's media channel: "I think it was the right moment to make this step, especially because it was the right opportunity to do it with Huddersfield.

"I had a lot of trust from the first meeting I had with the people here. I was thinking that it was the right moment to do this step, the right moment to take the opportunity and to start to operate together.

"Of course, one of the reasons that I'm here is because both of them [chairman Phil Hodgkinson and head of football operations Leigh Bromby] had the same feeling about what we want to be on the pitch.

"We want to be brave, we want to be a great team, we want to show when I start that we want to have one identity, we want to defend this identity playing at home and playing away.

"We will be trying to develop an identity, trying to create a culture, trying to create an environment that allow us to define one's style of game."

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