To force the Madrid match in the semi-finals against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone’s team had to brush up the 1-0 loss of the first game. The fact that this had to be done in-house made the task even more difficult. The Spaniards have not yet won a home game in the Champions League this season.
The atmosphere in Wanda Metropolitano was great from the first moment. More than 68,000 spectators created a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium. For a long time, it seemed that far fewer supporters were allowed to attend due to the punishment of the Spaniards. However, this punishment is conditional, so the full house was still possible.
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Atlético knew he had to do something different on Wednesday night than last week if he couldn’t score a goal, and that was clear. The Spaniards immediately sought an attack from the kick-off and put pressure on them well over a week earlier, but it did not offer much chance.
It was an obvious ambition of City to use their ability at attacking on the flanks. Jack Grealish was immediately sent off the couch to warm up, but Foden was able to continue with the bandage on his head.
The first real opportunity for the game came after the guests played for half an hour. Foden hit that from around 35 yards out and İlkay Gündogani and couldn’t do anything about, dipping and swerving, it did him all ends up.
The break seemed to be going well for Atlético, as the Simeone team shot out of the starting blocks and seemed to have found complete faith. João Félix and Antoine Griezmann had a chance to score, but the English kept their land. It was a one-way street in Spain, and the City had to stop regularly so as not to hit the gate.
With twenty minutes left to force, Simeone decided to bring three fresh forces. But even though Yannick Carrasco, Rodrigo De Paul and Ángel Correa were part of Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Renan Lodi, Atlético was unable to score despite his enormous efforts. Luis Suárez was also unable to score.
Shortly before, the flame was still in the pan, after Felipe was full on Foden’s ankle. Stefan Savic, Nathan Aké and Felipe had to pay for it with a yellow card. For Felip, this was the second, and so Atlético had to continue with ten men in the absolute final phase. During the injury, the Spaniards continued to push for nine minutes, but the goal did not fall. And so Manchester City faces Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the million-dollar ball.
ManCity defender Stones praises calm teammates
Manchester City defender John Stones praised the way his team withstood Atletico Madrid, even when things went out of their way. “We have remained calm and it is tempting to get into such things,” he said BT Sport.
Things went wrong in the final phase of the Madrid match, when Phil Foden deliberately returned to the square after an error. Everyone ran into a mess.
“We know they try something like that sometimes, and we’ve done it very well,” Stones said. “It’s not fun to talk about, and I don’t want to delve into it too much, because in two games we played great against an opponent who is what he does. We knew it wasn’t an easy place to play. It’s a hostile environment and it’s been a tough night. , but the way we have kept and control our land has been incredible.
According to Diego Simeone, Atlético has been defeated by an extraordinary opponent.
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Simeone is proud of the players, but not happy
Simeone is disappointed that his team has dropped out of the Champions League. “We wanted to win one way or another. But we were defeated by an extraordinary opponent,” Simeone said 0-0 after Madrid.
The coach of Atlético was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. “Our supporters were also extraordinary in the way they encouraged the team. I’m sure they’re proud of how we competed, and that’s important. The only thing is that we didn’t win and that’s what counts in the end. “
Simeone had previously dismissed criticism of his team’s defensive play. “We play the way we want to. We probably played against the best team in the world and showed that we can compete against them. However, I’m not happy because it was about winning and reaching the semi-finals.”