Pep Guardiola and Manchester City also failed in the sixth attempt in the first division. And this time Guardiola didn’t even have to train himself. But how could this happen? And what should the former coach of the local competitor do? The most important questions and answers about the semi-final match against Real Madrid.
How in the world can Manchester City lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final despite Sky Blue’s 5-3 lead on aggregate in the 90th minute of the second leg? to explain the athlete Simple as it turns out – it hits the screw in the head. “Real Madrid knows how to win the Champions League. Manchester City doesn’t know that.”
But why is it so? How can Manchester City fail again, how coach Pep Guardiola can not win the pot with Citizens in the sixth attempt, and how the Catalan can be eliminated in the semi-finals for the sixth time and a draw with his eternal opponent and against the legs of Jose Mourinho in this. Somewhat outrageous statistic?
Five questions about City’s agonizing exit:
Manchester City in the Champions League: Did Pep Guardiola train himself?
Nor any way. Neither in the first leg nor in the second leg. You can’t blame the coach for trying so much in the semi-final against Real Madrid either. The eleven strongest people available were on the field.
And even if some fans criticized Guardiola’s move in the second leg – Guardiola brought in the unlucky Jack Grealish of Gabriel Jesus and a lackluster Fernandinho for top scorer Riyad Mahrez – they overlooked Ilkay Gundogan, who came into notoriously underpowered Kevin De Bruyne, opening his City pass by 1 -0 Other than that everything was under control.
In the first leg, the Cityzens showed an incredibly fast, almost perfect game. In the end, they had nothing to worry about the three or four small insecurities that Real Madrid and Karim Benzema used to score three goals more than they did about usury of opportunities. The first match could have ended easily 7:3.
The return leg was expected to be tougher and City proved that patience is also possible. Certainly, Real have done better at rebounding pressure than the Citizens, who often lose their balls quickly after victories; The success rate of 83.3 per cent is also fairly moderate for Guardiola’s team. BUT: City played more versatile, shot more on goal (10 to 5), dribble more (25 to 16) and lost the ball more often (73.1 percent successful dribbles). Manchester was also more successful in head-to-head duels with 57.9% of duels.
City did not shine in the first or second half, but the English played seriously and took the lead with a deliberate goal. “We controlled the game after the goal,” Guardiola said. “We found our speed, we played and the players felt comfortable.” The fact that substitute Jack Grealish missed 2-0 and failed at Ferland Mendy and Thibaut Courtois was because of Mendy and Courtois.
Real scored 1-1 in the 90th minute through Rodrigo, brilliantly played by Eduardo Camavinga and Karim Benzema. In the second and third goals, Camavinga played a crucial role in addition to the scorers Rodrygo and Karim Benzema – with a score of 2-1 he won the ball and started the attack, before playing the penultimate pass with a score of 3-1 before a mistake on Benzema. Which led to the penalty kick. But most likely the score after 1-1 was inevitable. And even if not: what should the coach do when the opponent devours his players on the field?
Champions League: What is Manchester City missing then?
Guardiola tried a psychological approach to his analysis. “Real Madrid players have experienced something like this before. We haven’t experienced it,” said the coach of Real Madrid’s stunning comeback, who turned the streak for the third time in the knockout stages this year. “We knew what they did in the past and they did it to us too,” Guardiola said. “When we were really good, they changed it.”
In fact, his team lacked momentum in both games. City always advances, but Real always responds. In the end, Guardiola’s team collapsed and conceded three goals in six minutes.
In 2020, two goals were conceded in eight minutes in the 1: 3 minute against Olympique Lyonnais, in 2019 against Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg with two goals in four minutes, in 2018 in the quarter-final against Liverpool there were three goals in 19 minutes.
Even during his time at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola had to experience at least once how his team collapsed in a match they had already dominated: in his second year he lost the first leg of the semi-final at his former club Barcelona, conceding three goals. In the last quarter of the hour, the ratio is 0: 3.