Manchester City booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 aggregate win over the La Liga champions, where a narrow first leg win at the Etihad Stadium was followed by an action-packed stalemate in Madrid this week.
Following an entertaining showdown with Liverpool on Sunday, Pep Guardiola named a solid line-up to finish the job against Diego Simeone’s men, although the Catalan might not have planned a southerly chase as far where they did as the tie approached. weather.
All hell broke loose in the Spanish capital as Stefan Savic tried to get Phil Foden back on his feet after the England international fell which saw Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish enter the mix as they were fighting for their teammate of 21 years.
However, the groundwork for City’s heated battle with Atletico was quite entertaining, laid during the warm-up as Jack Grealish accidentally broke the light from one of Sky Sport Italia’s cameras, according to a report from Football Italia.
That was followed by Oleksandr Zinchenko, who admirably helped prevent Phil Foden from being heckled further by Stefan Savic in the latter stages of the encounter, telling reporter Giorgia Cenni that Grealish would. ‘pay for the damage he caused’.
Grealish was at the center of an altercation shortly after arriving in the first leg last week, where the 26-year-old netted City a string of fouls near the touchline – leading to frustration among Atletico’s back line, which caused a reaction. off the England international himself.
Also, according to the latest information from James Ducker and Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, there were fears that Grealish could be injured on Wednesday night given the way the former Aston Villa skipper was. “aggressively targeted” by the Spanish outfit in the first leg.
Manchester City dominated but failed to extend their slender first-half advantage at the Wanda Metropolitano, but Simeone’s side won the match against the Blues after the interval and could very well have equalized had it not been for a valiant City defense towards the end.
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Kevin De Bruyne’s well-taken first-half finish proved to be the difference between the two sides over two innings, although the Belgian is set to miss City’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley after picking up an injury against Atletico in midweek.
With De Bruyne not expected to be available on Sunday, Grealish will be hoping to start after being left behind in City’s recent meeting with Liverpool and his side’s two Champions League quarter-final matches.
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