Former Premier League star Alan Shearer believes that Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola was proper to have a go at Riyad Mahrez for his decision-making within the first half towards Real Madrid this previous Tuesday.
Guardiola’s facet have been 2-0 up once they had one other probability on the break. City had a two-vs-one benefit on the break, however Mahrez determined to shoot along with his weaker proper foot and hit the facet netting.
Had he appeared up, he may’ve discovered Foden with a easy squad move. Foden was in a a lot better place within the penalty space and would have had a tap-in to make it 3-0.
Following Mahrez’s shot, the digicam panned to Guardiola, who was livid on the touchline with the Algerian’s choice.
Shearer defined that Guardiola was maybe proper in going berserk on the touchline as Mahrez made the improper selection:
“Riyad Mahrez shouldn’t have gone for the top right corner, it’s a simple as that. If he had picked his head up, he’d have seen that Phil Foden was free to his left and he’s got a tap-in. Pep Guardiola is going berserk on the touchline for that exact reason.”
Guardiola will rue Manchester City’s missed possibilities regardless of the win
Although Manchester City finally gained the sport 4-3, that they had extra clear-cut possibilities and have been responsible of not taking them.
Real Madrid will really feel fortunate they left the Etihad with only a one-goal deficit to make up for as they have been totally outplayed within the first half.
Carlo Ancelotti’s facet have been higher within the second 45, however City have been nonetheless the dominant staff when it got here to protecting the ball and creating openings.
The tie is now precariously positioned forward of the return leg, and it’s doubtless that we’ll have one other thrilling recreation.
Real Madrid have scored twice or extra instances in every of their final two dwelling video games within the knockout phases of the Champions League. Despite their apparent deficiencies on the again, they’re a superb attacking facet.
Manchester City must be on their toes within the return leg as they’ve a slender lead and can’t afford to be as wasteful as they have been at dwelling.