Manchester City go out of Europe with a whimper, while Liverpool fans look ahead to the chance to reach the Europa League final and Chelsea supporters discuss possible departures.
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City crash out of Europe without a bang
City were really gutless. I mean, its a Champions League semi-final. Losing one-nil. Why play so safe?
City should take a leaf out of Liverpool’s book. We may well go out against Villareal, but there is no way we go out in similar style. Their defence and keeper will have to be at their best and lady luck must smile upon them to progress.
The City/Madrid tie was not one sided, but Real didn’t really sweat for it, did they? Shame really.
Modric was good but looked extra special because not one City player was within 10 yards of him. Aguero played like he always does in the CL.
In a cup game you may as well go for it, if you get battered then so be it. Not like you have to worry about goal difference. Anyway they got to the semi finals which is a decent run.
I said City had failed tactically in the first match and I still believe that – they needed to win the first match to put the pressure on Real Madrid; no Ronaldo or Benzema meant they should’ve had a chance in the first match to get a goal or two and hopefully not concede. Yesterday’s match was a formality in my opinion – Real Madrid didn’t get out of 1st gear and still won quite easily.
Poor from City in my opinion.
In terms of City, they were poor. Keep it cagey to start but with 20 mins to go you need to start thinking about committing men forward. Aguero was far too deep. Whether he was told to or not but Fernandinho took it upon himself to fill the void Aguero left by coming deep to get the ball. Very similar to the way PSG played at the Etihad. They also seemed to have no urgency or desire even though they needed to score.
Excitement high ahead of Anfield second leg