With a game like a storm, did not give Real Madrid a chance to protest at the Etihad. Here are 5 highlights.
1. Classic foreplay
With a 1-1 draw in the first leg, experts estimate that Real Madrid will face many disadvantages when having to be a guest in England. However, even in a dream, one cannot believe that the “king” of the Champions League arena started the match so badly.
Beating Real mercilessly, Man City booked the remaining ticket to IstanbulWalker is Man City’s hope to overcome Real
Sofascore’s statistics show that Man City launched up to 13 sʜᴏᴛs with an expected goal index of up to 1.53 in the first 45 minutes. In contrast, the away team only got 1 sʜᴏᴛ, from the foot of Toni Kroos. In ғᴀᴄᴛ, if goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is not excellent, Real can concede up to 4 goals in the first half.
2. Bernardo Silva brings down the “king”
The excellence of Man City is best demonstrated by the way Bernardo Silva played this morning. The Portuguese player moves flexibly, is present in every ʜᴏᴛ spot and the Real defender is almost unable to get the ball at his feet.
In the context of Real defenders having to stretch themselves to accompany Erling Haaland, Bernardo was unexpectedly the home team’s ᴅᴇᴛᴏɴᴀᴛᴏʀ. His two goals in the first half can be said to have broken Real’s spirit and helped The Citizens play freely for the rest of the game.
3. Ancelotti is helpless
Bernardo Silva made Real unable to react with two goals in the first half.It is rare to see veteran coach Carlo Ancelotti helpless on the bench. In the second half, when the opponent was leading 2-0, this strategist decided to ᴡɪᴛʜᴅʀᴀᴡ both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos from the field. This all-out ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ did not help Real regain the midfield. Although the white shirt team had more sʜᴏᴛs after the break, Man City’s midfield still managed the situation.
4. Rudiger’s Regret
In this second leg, Mr. Ancelotti brought on Eder Militao from the start, instead of using Antonio Rudiger. This seems to be the wrong decision when Militao had a pretty bad match. He could not keep up with striker Haaland and was the one who scored an own goal in the 76th minute (although the goal was credited to Manuel Akanji). Meanwhile, since Rudiger entered the field, Real has defended better and helped the home team deploy the ball more smoothly. Perhaps if Ancelotti had used Rudiger in the first place, Real would not have been so heavily preemptive.
5. For the first time
This will be the time Man City and Inter Milan meet in the Champions League arena. People are also waiting for Pep Guardiola to get his first prestigious silver trophy since taking office at Etihad Stadium.
However, Inter Milan has never been a pleasant opponent in the European arena. Italian teams always show a scientific defensive play. Inter Milan will be the last reagent that Man City need to overcome to go to the top of glory.