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Real Madrid failed in the semifinal of the Champions League. City have just dishonored Ancelotti’s team

Date: February 24, 2024 Time: 07:58:17

Real Madrid failed in the semifinal of the Champions League. City have just dishonored Ancelotti’s team

Anatoly Romanov May 18, 2023 00:06 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

With a score of 0:4, the “creamy” have not lost for 14 years. And Haaland hasn’t scored yet.

Manchester City crushed Real Madrid at the Etihad and got a ticket to the Champions League final. In the decisive battle for the trophy, Josep Guardiola’s team will face Inter on June 10 in Istanbul. ‘Citizens’ took revenge on the ‘creamy’ last season.

Ahead of Real Madrid’s second leg against Manchester City, it was discussed whether Ruediger could once again contain Haaland. And the head coach of the “creamy” Carlo Ancelotti took it and put a pair of Militao – Alaba against the Norwegian. Although why be surprised if these two played in the quarterfinals with Chelsea, but then the Brazilian just earned a disqualification?

Manchester City took control of the ball and the territory from the first minute of the game. During the draw, the locals lined up 3-2-2-3, and De Bruyne, with his movement, took Kroos out of his zone. The Belgian even moved deep to the right flank depending on the situation. Real Madrid met Man City’s top five players with the top four. Defending against the English champions, Rodri fell in the defensive line, but these were rare episodes for the Spaniard. Man City’s advantage turned out to be not just big, but total! And in possession (more than 80% control of the ball), and, most importantly, in the game. Guardiola’s team pressed their opponent against the ropes and just beat them up. Real Madrid were unable to get out of the deep defence, as the hosts quickly recovered the ball in their own half of the pitch.

Perhaps Ancelotti quickly regretted leaving Rudiger on the bench. The low defense of the ‘creamy’ only contributed to the delivery of the ball to the Netherlands in the penalty area, and there the Norwegian beat the Real Madrid defenders over and over again. Even with the score 0-0, Erling made four touches on Courtois’s goal. If it weren’t for the phenomenal performance of the Belgian goalkeeper, Real Madrid would have conceded sooner. How Tibo dragged! Courtois moved along the line, but at the moment of impact he stopped, so he did not become a “pocket” in the goal: he parried the Netherlands’ blows with his head.

However, a goal against the reigning trophy holder was brewing and it still came midway through the first half. De Bruyne once again showed a phenomenal class of assistant, and Bernardo Silva took advantage of a gap in the Real Madrid defense: Camavinga got out of the zone, going through a safety net, and Kroos did not have time to close it.

Man City took a break for a few minutes after the goal, but if you give an opponent like Real Madrid a raise, they will quickly hit you back. Hitting Kroos from a distance not on the crossbar, but on the goal, the evening would cease to be pleasant for the hosts’ fans. After that, Guardiola’s team went back up the lines and scored the second goal. Carvajal first made a missed pass and then allowed Grealish to slot the ball into the penalty area for Gundogan, who was not followed by Valverde. Tired, Modric, for his part, did not control the rebound, and Bernardo Silva scored a brace. By the break, Manchester City’s advantage in shots was gigantic – 13:1 (on goal – 5:0).

This is how Manchester City changed under Guardiola:

From City, who was before Guardiola, only De Bruyne remained. The evolution of Pep’s team

After Rüdiger’s appearance at the end of the hour, Camavinga finally turned into a hava center. The German came on as a substitute to turn off Man City’s counterattacks with his speed. How Walker shut down Vinicius Junior’s speed throughout the match. The Brazilian star of Real Madrid usually disappeared on the pitch. By now, Vini had fewer touches than Benzema, and in fact, as many as Haaland, who, in principle, rarely finds the ball. And how Walker caught the Brazilian who was escaping towards his gate in the first half, fantastic! Few people can keep up with Vinicius.

By the middle of the second half, Man City had zero strikes. But did the owners somehow suffer from this? Defensively, Guardiola’s team endured everything. And in 73, the Netherlands, along with Gundogan, broke Real Madrid’s defense, and only another “inhuman” save by Courtois saved Madrid from a missed ball. The Belgian magician canceled the Norwegian goal again by stopping the ball with his foot. Man City did not score, Real Madrid scored for them. A cut from Militao after a free kick ended up ending the intrigue in the “early final” of the Champions League. Ancelotti asked to check the moment: VAR checked – there was no offside.

In discount, the substitutes for Man City scored the fourth goal for the locals. The score was simply shameful for Real Madrid – 0:4. World champion Álvarez scored.

But a week ago, the Argentine did not even enter the field: in Madrid, Pep did not make substitutions.

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