Real Madrid rally past Man City to reach Champions League final

Friday, May 6, 2022
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Real Madrid Rally Past Man City to Reach Champions League Final

The real question is‚ why did Real Madrid rally past Man City? Several factors could be cited for the team's comeback. Karim Benzema's penalty‚ Pep Guardiola's performance‚ and Carlo Ancelotti's fifth Champions League final. Let's look at each separately. But in general‚ there are three main reasons for the victory of the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid comeback

A comeback from Real Madrid to win the Champions League is something to behold. The kings of the competition were able to beat Manchester City 6-5 on aggregate‚ with the help of a late penalty by Karim Benzema. The win also secured a spot in the Champions League final. However‚ it is important to note that Real Madrid's comeback was anything but easy. Manchester City were the better team for most of the game‚ but their late goals‚ including a Benzema hat-trick‚ proved too much for the Premier League side. Rodrygo‚ a 21-year-old Brazilian‚ scored twice in the last two minutes of the game to give Real Madrid the lead. His heroics set up another 30 minutes of tension-filled play‚ which culminated in a Benzema penalty kick. Even though Real Madrid had to come back from a 1-0 deficit to win the tie‚ they will tell their fans they're still on track to lift the Champions League. In a dramatic match-up between two of the world's best teams‚ Real Madrid came from behind to defeat Manchester City on Wednesday. The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg‚ but the visitors had a better chance in the second leg. Madrid advanced 6-5 on aggregate after the match-winning penalty by Karim Benzema. Real Madrid‚ meanwhile‚ did not concede a goal until 89 minutes of extra time.

Karim Benzema's penalty

The Spanish champions reached the final of the Champions League with a thrilling comeback‚ beating Manchester City 6-5 on aggregate. In the first leg of the semifinals‚ Riyad Mahrez put the Citizens ahead in the 73rd minute‚ but Rodrygo's double and a penalty from Karim Benzema tied the game after extra time. Both teams had chances to level the game‚ but Benzema's penalty settled the match. Despite the tense finish‚ Real Madrid will say it's still on course to win the competition. The comeback was perhaps the best in Champions League history‚ and not because of a crazy number of goals. It was because of a Gianluigi Donnarumma's mistake. The Frenchman should not have stepped in front of the penalty‚ but his pressure forced him to blunder into it. The mistake turned the tide and put Madrid in the final. With the victory‚ Real Madrid will face Barcelona for the first time in a Champions League final. After the goal‚ Real Madrid looked to be cruising. Benzema's impressive goal against City was a particularly good example. He finished a cross from Ferland Mendy with his left foot‚ not checking the ball's position in relation to the City goal. His strike went far beyond the dive of Ederson. The xG value of his goal was 0.05.

Pep Guardiola's performance

Pep Guardiola will be delighted with his side's display at the final‚ but will he have to change a few things to win the competition again? After all‚ Manchester City were dominant for 90 minutes‚ but Guardiola had rested Kevin De Bruyne‚ Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker to rest players such as Sergio Aguero. Guardiola may have thought Real were out of the game when the teams met in the quarter-finals‚ but Rodrygo's goal and Karim Benzema's strike delivered a sucker-punch to the Real side. Pep Guardiola was right to criticise Jack Grealish's missed chance in the second half after conceding a three-goal lead. Guardiola praised Real Madrid's performance but admitted that defeat is a tough pill to swallow. Guardiola is in his sixth season at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola is the coach of the two top teams in England. Guardiola's record against Real is impressive‚ with 11 victories and four defeats‚ while Real won four times. Guardiola has never been restated about his success against Real‚ but he's always chasing continuous improvement to improve his teams. Despite that‚ Pep Guardiola's team ended up with a 3-0 loss‚ ending Guardiola's dream of winning a trophy.

Carlo Ancelotti's fifth Champions League final

After his historic win in the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City‚ Carlo Ancelotti has become the first manager to manage five different teams to the final. His record of reaching five finals is unparalleled and he will be looking to make it six with Liverpool. The Italian‚ who began his career at Parma‚ went on to win the Serie B title in 1979 and later switched to Real Madrid‚ where he won two UEFA Champions League titles and four Coppa Italia titles. He also played for Italy‚ where he represented his country on 26 occasions‚ scoring one goal in the process. The manager is one of only seven men in history to win the European Cup and the Champions League both as a player and as a manager. The Italian manager has become the first manager to reach five Champions League finals‚ a feat he achieved with AC Milan in 2005. The Italian won the competition three times as a player‚ and has reached the final five times as a manager. He also holds the record for most appearances in the final. The Anadolu Agency website has a selection of news stories relating to Carlo Ancelotti.

Guardiola's first season in charge of Man City

After reaching the semi-finals last season‚ Man City have reached the Champions League final for the first time in nine seasons. Guardiola's side were upset by Real Madrid over two legs‚ and Liverpool were sent back to the stadium they won the title in last season. The match will be played at the Metropolitano Stadium on Feb. 18. Guardiola was criticised for opting for a back three and left attacking players like Riyad Mahrez and David Silva on the bench. Manchester City are playing their final Champions League match before their two-year ban by UEFA. The club was punished for breaching financial regulations and failing to cooperate with UEFA investigators. This ban means they won't be able to win the Champions League‚ and haven't won a European title since losing to Tottenham in the quarterfinals last season. Real Madrid‚ meanwhile‚ played without Sergio Ramos‚ who was sent off for a foul on Gabriel Jesus. While Pep Guardiola has been tasked with rebuilding Manchester City after the 'City curse'‚ the first season of his reign with Man City was a disappointment. City finished third in the Premier League behind champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The Champions League was Pep's first European season‚ and his team reached the final by knocking Monaco out on away goals. Manchester City also lost the FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal‚ and were knocked out of the League Cup by Manchester United in the fourth round.

Guardiola's poor defending

Manchester City are still chasing the Premier League title with Liverpool and have a chance of winning the European Cup‚ but they must play better defending to win it. Guardiola has admitted that his side's poor defending helped Real reach the final last season and he is upset with both Foden and Mahrez for being selfish. Real need to score at least three goals to reach the final‚ or even force penalties. Guardiola's side is expected to be better defended this week‚ but it's not as if they should be. Manchester City were also criticised by Gabriel Agbonlahor for their poor defending against the Spanish giants. The Spanish giants scored twice in extra time‚ and Guardiola remained stubborn despite being criticised for his poor defending. While his team won the game‚ they were not at their best and Guardiola looked overconfident at full time. They were also missing two key attacking players‚ including Benzema and Fernandinho. Pep Guardiola's players lacked defensive IQ. They were not able to tackle the Madrid full back. Guardiola is a great manager who inspires many clubs around the world‚ but his players don't have that quality. His team's poor defending has helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final‚ but his players need to be reminded that this is not the way to win the Champions League.

Guardiola's team's struggle in first leg

After their miraculous run through the knockout stages‚ Real Madrid are set to take on Manchester City and Liverpool in the Champions League final. They are without two key players from the last leg‚ defender David Alaba and midfielder Casemiro. Real Madrid‚ however‚ are in need of reinforcements in midfield and are hoping that Eduardo Camavinga or Sergio Ramos will be able to reduce the number of players required in that area. Manchester City kept Real at bay for much of the game and did not allow Madrid to create a single shot on target. Then‚ in the 89th minute‚ Riyad Mahrez's first-time effort beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post and sealed a spectacular away performance. After the break‚ Jack Grealish and Luka Modric were both denied by Thibaut Courtois. In the first leg‚ Manchester City appeared set for a comfortable victory‚ and after taking the lead in the second half through Riyad Mahrez's goal‚ they were five-three up on aggregate. Rodrygo scored twice in the final few minutes and then finished off the match with a penalty from Karim Benzema. The win means Real will face Liverpool in the final on May 28.