Manchester City, winners in the first leg (1-0), booked their ticket to the Champions League semi-finals by settling for a draw at Atletico (0-0) this Wednesday in their quarter-final return. The Skyblues played to intimidate each other during the extremely tense end of the match.
The last time Manchester City and Real Madrid crossed paths on the European scene, Zinedine Zidane was still on the Merengue bench, Eden Hazard wasn’t completely burnt out and Riyad Mahrez sometimes wondered what he was doing between substitutes . Another era. However, it was only in 2020, in the middle of summer, near Lisbon. The Skyblues had a great run by joining the quarter and becoming the first team to bring Zidane down in C1.
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A little less than two years later, these two formations would soon reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti in place of ZZ and a Pep Guardiola who still dreams of winning a third C1 as a coach. The day after Karim Benzema and his band’s brilliant qualification against Chelsea, City left a valiant team from Atlético to prepare their ticket to the Final Four. 1-0 in the first leg in England, 0-0 at Wanda Metropolitano this Wednesday evening. If the first stage was a long journey to the end of boredom, the return was more exciting. Amazing atmosphere, with a good dose of rhythm and intensity.
the city is scared
Mocked for his 5-5-0 plan set at the Etihad Stadium, Diego Simeone took (slightly) more risk by notably installing Thomas Lemar in the middle. Staying true to its principles: intense bouldering, transition games and… aggression. At times this violent accusation of Felipe over Phil Foden (12th) is heavily favored. On the contrary, City inadvertently put their foot on the ball, and thought they were taking cover early enough on an excellent collective action completed by a shot into the box from Ilke Gundogan on Jan Oblak (30th). This was disputed as one of the rare occasions during a game in which Colconeros raised his voice upon his return from the locker room, like this daring strike by Antoine Griezmann (57th).
Deprived of Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker, both injured after the hour mark, the English champions began to lose an unusual number of balls, eating in doubles, losing their football against a team for stuttering. There was nothing left for him. The pressure on Ederson’s goals became stronger, overjoyed to see Rodrigo de Paul’s volley miss (77th). Then it took an extreme counter from John Stones to prevent Matthias Cunha from snatching the extension (86th). At the very tense end of the match, panic won on both sides, a fight broke out and when it came time to do the accounts at the end of the scrum, Felipe was sent off by the referee for a bad gesture at Foden (90th). +1).
Cracking close, City held on to this result until the end (0-0). With strength and a great personality. The upcoming double match against Real already looks delicious.