Manchester City stood up against Real Madrid on Friday by winning the 8th finals of the champions League 2-1 on his land. The Citizens were able to take advantage of two huge errors of Raphael Varane to take the lead. They join Lyon, which eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals for the final tournament held in Lisbon. Karim Benzema had equalized after a first goal from Ryan Sterling, who then doubled the bet in the second period.
As to the go, Pep Guardiola had opted in the beginning of the match to a sudden tactic in going into exile to its true centre-forward, Gabriel Jesus, on the left wing, to leave the axis to a " false-nine ", Phil Foden, while Raheem Sterling started on the right. A system is to draw the central defenders of madrid - so strong in duels when the opponent is in front of them, out of position to open up spaces for the races crossed the wingers or the mounted media.
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Madrid under a dry-cleaning untenable
A system that has also quickly made Madrid under a dry unbearable extremely disadvantageous for its construction from the back. Incidentally, it is on a phase of dry cleaning intense that Thibault Courtois has put Varane in bad shape in its surface, rather than play long. Borrowed too much, the hitch French made bate some the ball by Gabriel Jesus, which was immediately served on Sterling alone in front of the empty net to open the score (1-0, 9).
After the break, Guardiola has reverted to a 4-3-3 more classical with Jesus in the axis, as he had done at the Bernabeu to overturn the steam in five minutes in the last quarter of an hour. And again, this change has paid off since this devil of Jesus has anticipated a head behind too soft Varane for Courteous, to drag his left foot and send the ball to bounce up to the back of the net (2-1, 68th).
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An observation is particularly cruel for the guardian belgian, who had multiplied the parades decisive in the start of the second half against Sterling (47th, 54th) and Jesus, always him (66th) to keep alive the hopes of the Merengue. Meanwhile, Karim Benzema, another great satisfaction on the side of pink one evening, had re-started the match by scoring his 65th goal in the Champions League of his career, which makes him the 4th director of the competition.
Benzema too only
He had served Rodrygo between the lines, which had been eliminated on his first contact Joao Cancelo, and the Brazilian's cross found Benzema alone to six metres to score a header (1-1, 28th). But Benzema has been a little too much only to cause problems for the opposing defense, Eden Hazard who rarely shone in this match.
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A goal that would be tearing their hair out at Guardiola if he does rasait not, because between his going to Rodrygo and his head, none of the defenders united has never sought to know where the French would put it. A demonstration, if necessary, that City will really need to improve defensively if he wants to lift the trophy, as had been said the Catalan at a press conference before the match. City will nevertheless be in Lisbon for the Final 8, with a quarter-final against Lyon, and can dream of to transform a season marked by the loss of the title for the benefit of Liverpool in a first triumph continental.p> Date Of Update: 07 August 2020, 17:33