History tells Man City not to be complacent vs Real Madrid
The prospect of a Manchester City vs Liverpool Champions League final is absolutely mouth-watering.
City take a one-goal lead to the Bernabeu next week after an enthralling 4-3 victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday. Liverpool comfortably beat Villareal the following night and took a two goal lead to Spain.
However Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be ruthless and at their best in order to book their flight to Paris for the final. City should have been out of sight in the first half on Tuesday but were pegged back three times by Carlo Ancelotti’s side, and this is something City need to be wary of in the second leg
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If City were to score first in Madrid, Guardiola will know that the tie is far from over. Karim Benzema is in the form of his life, and has already scored 14 goals in ten games in the Champions League including hat tricks against PSG and Chelsea in previous rounds. He has been one of the best players in the world so far this season and is being tipped as an early Ballon d’Or favourite.
Elsewhere, Vinicius Jr left the Manchester City defence in disarray with his pace and trickery. He scored Madrid’s second on the night, after a world-class dummy that left stand-in right back Fernandinho stranded on the halfway line before he slotted home past Ederson. City will be hoping that Kyle Walker is back in defence to try and nullify the Brazilian.
Carlo Ancelloti is one of the all-time greats in management and will have made his own observations about the first leg so with a game plan for the return fixture.
In front of a packed out Bernabeu, Real Madrid will come out all guns blazing and will be on the offensive from the off. Los Blancos have only failed to score in one Champions League game this season and with away goals no longer being a factor in Europe, the home side will be aiming to score at least two on the night.
The game against Madrid on Tuesday was reminiscent of another crazy game at the Etihad, the 5-3 victory vs Monaco in the round of 16 in 2017. City took a two-goal lead to Monaco for the second leg but conceded twice in the first half an hour before eventually losing 3-1 on the night, meaning that they were eliminated in on away goals.
This City side can’t afford to make the same mistakes as that team from the past if they want to progress to their second-ever final.
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