On a pleasant evening in Manchester, as the sun was setting, it cast a huge shadow on the declining reign of Real Madrid. The 13 times Champions league winners were embarrassed by Pep Guardiola’s men as Varane made horror mistakes to gift goals to Gabriel Jesus and Raheem sterling. This marks one of the biggest wins City have had in the champions league and truth be told, their European title bid just got Real
Pep Guardiola tactically selected his front three. Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were set out to press the Madrid defence. And this worked incredibly well for the Mancunian giants as Madrid were pressed high enough to choke out 2 mistakes from otherwise a very reliable Rafale Varane. As Guardiola admitted later in his interview that this high pressing tactic has gone against him several times especially against big teams, it was worth the risk.
Centurion Raheem Sterling
Getting past Real Madrid was with some personal milestone for Raheem Sterling. He completed his 100th city goal and like most of his performances you felt he could easily have had more. The Jamaican born, was a part of Manchester City’s tight pressing front three and made it a difficult night for Real Madrid altogether.
Thriving full backs for Manchester City
Joao Cancelao and Kyle Walker were dominating the two flanks of the pitch. Because of Walker’s quick pace and Cancelao’s confidence, Man City were assured to never run out of options for attack. Both the full backs registered dangerous shots on target along with putting in dangerous crosses. Because of them, the left back and full back issues for Man City seem far behind.
Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings in a Man City dominated midfield
No goals or assists in the match, no problem for the Belgian. De bruyne cant keep his name off the record books for Man City at the moment. He created 8 chances in a Champions League game, which was unmatched by anyone. With the 29 year old at the heart of Man City’s midfield, you can never keep your eyes off them in any competition, especially the Champions League.
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