Emirates News Agency – UEFA Champions League… Focus and caution lead Manchester City to overthrow the champions and reach the final

Emirates News Agency – UEFA Champions League… Focus and caution lead Manchester City to overthrow the champions and reach the final
Emirates News Agency – UEFA Champions League… Focus and caution lead Manchester City to overthrow the champions and reach the final

Thursday, May 18, 2023 – 3:40 PM

ABU DHABI, 18th May, 2020 (WAM) — After several consecutive participations by Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League over the past seasons, the team took advantage of the great experience it gained in the tournament to cross the difficult hurdle against Real Madrid, the Spanish club with tremendous experience in the tournament, to qualify for the final match.

Manchester City defeated its Spanish rival 4-0 yesterday evening, Wednesday, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the tournament, and qualified for the final match by winning 5-1 on aggregate, after the two teams had previously tied 1-1 in the first leg in Madrid last week.
The two matches against Real Madrid confirmed that Manchester City relied on several important elements in overcoming this obstacle, most notably defining the goal and focusing on achieving it, and being careful in facing the experience of Real Madrid, who holds the record in the number of prestigious championship titles, and making the best use of the capabilities of the players.
During the first-leg match between the two teams in Madrid, Manchester City succeeded in achieving its goal of the match, which is to come out with the result that facilitates the confrontation at home, and being careful in Madrid was the most important step on his way to the final of the tournament, as Spain’s Josep Guardiola, coach of Manchester City, refused to take any risks. And he pushed the Real Madrid players to run a lot on the field without achieving their goal.
Guardiola took advantage of his players’ capabilities to possess the ball in the best possible way to reduce Real Madrid’s chances of scoring, until the match ended with a tie.
During the return match yesterday, Manchester City surprised its guest with two goals in the first half through a balanced performance devoid of risk, pursuant to the principle of caution in facing the experience of Real Madrid, so that Guardiola outperformed the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Real Madrid, in snatching the required result in such matches through Experience, then the team consolidated its victory in the second half with two more goals.
Ancelotti admitted that Manchester City deserved to reach the final because he beat Real Madrid. He said: “Manchester City really pressured us at the beginning of the match, which made it difficult for us to build the game as we wanted. It is a painful defeat, but it can happen in the world of football. You get to the semi-finals, but when you face an opponent with this strength and they play better than you, you don’t have a chance to reach the final.”
The statistics of the European Union for the game (UEFA) indicated that yesterday’s match was the 191st match for Ancelotti in the history of his participation in the Champions League as a coach, exceeding the balance of former Scottish coach Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United (190 matches).
Real Madrid equaled in yesterday’s match a negative record related to the largest defeat of the team in the history of its participation in the European Champions League, and its previous biggest defeat in the tournament was against Liverpool, England, with the same result in March 2009.
On the other hand, Manchester City and Guardiola achieved more than a distinguished record in yesterday’s match, which is the fifteenth consecutive victory in the matches he plays at home in various tournaments this season, and raised his score in these matches to 53 goals, compared to only 7 goals that he conceded.
And Guardiola reached his fourth final in the European Champions League, becoming the second most coach to reach the final after Ancelotti, who played the final 5 previous times.
Guardiola equaled the balance of 4 other senior coaches who reached the final 4 previous times, namely Italian Marcello Lippi, German Jurgen Klopp, Spaniard Miguel Munoz and Scottish Sir Alex Ferguson.
Bernardo Silva, who scored the team’s first and second goals in yesterday’s match, became the third player to score two goals in one Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid, preceded by Argentine Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2011 and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski for Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

Asim Al-Khouli / Ahmed Zahran