Manchester City secured a vital 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game with an assist from Phil Foden.
Pep Guardiola’s side put in a scintillating performance in every department, outclassing Atlético Madrid. The hosts were on the attack from the very first minute through Diego Simeone. Meanwhile, the Spanish giants were ineffective – sitting back as they simply defended in City’s box.
The Sky Blues were absolutely exceptional in the second half of the game – at least displaying the intensity of finding the back of the net. However, it was in the 70’sth In the same minute, Pep’s team got a breakthrough. Phil Foden, the young Englishman, raced past Atlético’s back-line and similarly set up De Bruyne, who edged past Jan Oblak.
Having said that much, Atlético Madrid will look to spice things up next Wednesday in the quarter-final second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano. But first know the main points of Tuesday’s exciting matches.
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden steal the show
Phil Foden set up Kevin De Bruyne minutes after coming off the bench. His impressive ball control ability helped Manchester City break through Atlético Madrid’s back-line.
This further allowed De Bruyne to strike the ball past Jan Oblak, scoring a stunner, and thus securing a vital victory over Los Rosiblancos.
Manchester City rule the Spanish side
In several instances, City were seen to rule the game as Atlético did not pose any threat. Diego Simeone’s team single-handedly failed to register a single shot on target in the entire game.
Frenchmen Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix failed to capitalize on their chances. Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake orchestrated a perfect symphony on the pitch – in the end, allowing them to get the horrendous better on Atlético.
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Lax tactics cost Atlético Madrid
Pep Guardiola had the upper hand over Diego Simeone in the starting XI. Simeone sidelined Luis Suarez while keeping Griezmann and Joao Felix in front – who failed to capitalize on his chances during a game well within his means.
The Uruguayan forward scored a brace in the league game against Alavés over the weekend. Hence, he has been benched for such a big game which raises some eyebrows. Even as Atletico have a slim chance of turning the tide during the second leg, it will be interesting to see how the Argentine boss rotates the squad or makes some changes.