After a masterful performance against European giant Real Madrid on Wednesday, May 17, Manchester City has a chance to win its first Champions League trophy.
In a semifinal game, City ‘destroyed’ the 14-time winner of Europe’s elite competition, winning 4-0 to secure a 5-1 aggregate win and a place in the final against Inter Milan on June 10 in Istanbul.
Bernardo Silva tormented Real Madrid and scored two of Manchester City’s three goals to give City control of the second leg. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made several excellent saves to keep the visitors from being completely embarrassed. City won the game.
Manuel Akanji’s header in the last part and a late goal from Julián Álvarez covered a hopeless night for Madrid.
UEFA initially awarded City’s third goal as an own goal because Akanji’s effort hit a Real defender on the way to the goal.
With this victory, Pep Guardiola’s team is still on track to win a historic triple crown, matching Manchester United’s 1998-99 record of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
After a free-flowing move from the home team, Silva scored for City. Kevin De Bruyne slipped Silva in on goal after a clever exchange on the right side of the field, and the Portugal star smashed a near-post shot past Courtois.
The midfielder, best known for his skill with the ball at his feet, then used his head to double City’s lead. Silva sprung up in the case to direct a header into the net after Courtois’ save to deny Ilkay Gündoğan.
Toni Kroos hit the bar with a venomous shot, but Madrid seldom compromised and City fans could partake in the final part knowing their position in the final was essentially affirmed.
But City weren’t done yet; Real got a complete shellacking from Akanji and lvarez.
Meanwhile Silva said he hadn’t felt “very good at all after the first game.”
“Tonight I had to try to do better for my teammates and the fans,” added Silva. “I’m very good with my head, hey? I’m very small but I’m good with my head.”
“It is a beautiful night for us. We know it would be tough but to beat this Real Madrid team 4-0 at home was wonderful. Hopefully we will win it [the final].”
Carlo Ancelotti, Real coach, stated that his team had difficulty dealing with City’s pressing strategy.
Ancelotti stated on the website of UEFA that “City played better and deserved to go through.” At the beginning of the match, they really pressed us, which made it really hard for us to build the play we wanted.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Champions League win would seal legendary status for the club.
Inter should better prepare for the most difficult match of their lives against City next month in Istanbul, according to a number of fans. Pep Guardiola’s Man City are on the verge of sporting immortality.
Even though 115 charges against City for breaking Premier League rules between 2009 and 2018 are still being appealed, their football performance is currently the only metric against which they can be judged.
And having deposed Real Madrid with a staggering performance of predominance and heartless proficiency in Manchester after a 1-1 in Madrid last week, Manchester City did right by be the new Kings of Europe.
It was a rout, matching Real Madrid’s greatest Champions League loss to Liverpool in 2008-09 at Anfield. Each and every City player ruled his Real rival and assuming they were pursuing vengeance for last season’s sensational elimination round rout against director Carlo Ancelotti’s side, they got it.
Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Rodri, Jack Grealish, and Bernardo Silva—the man who scored two goals in the first half—put on 10 out of 10 performances to send world-class opponents into a tailspin.