Match Report Manchester City 4-1 Real Madrid : The Citizens Thrash Los...

Match Report Manchester City 4-1 Real Madrid : The Citizens Thrash Los Blancos


Real Madrid lost the second game of the preseason against Manchester City (1-4) in a poor second half where Los Blancos received four goals. The team managed by Zidane played a good a first half, but in the second one, with the entrance of the players who are not usual, Real Madrid seemed a bit disorganized.

Zinedine Zidane decided to introduce a similar line up as the one against Manchester United, with the absence of Kroos, who has a pain in his ankle. Casemiro was the players who replaced the German, while Kovacic played from the beginning instead Lucas Vázquez. Danilo played in Guardiola’s line-up after his departure from Madrid.

Los Blancos played a very complete first half, where they could open the score board with chances of Benzema and Casemiro, but Ederson, new Manchester City signing, had a great performance especially in the first half of the game. We can highlight the good match of Kovacic, being the player who was the guide of the midfielder, while Benzema and Bale were very active, being the references in the attack.

Keylor Navas also had a lot of work in the first half. The Costarican goalkeeper prevented the first goal of the Citizens with incredibles saves to Gabriel Jesus and Aguero, who were the most dangerous players. De Bruyne also was a nightmare because he was playing as the playmaker of the team, and no Real Madrid player was able to stop him.

In the second half, Carvajal had a great chance in the 49th minute, but only a few minutes later, Otamendi scored the first goal for Manchester City after a reject from Casilla from a header of Stones. Sterling, who entered in the second half, was being was creating a lot of danger, and after a good chance he had, the English winger scored the second goal from a great assist of De Bruyne. After Sterling’s goal Zidane changed the whole team to reward the effort of the young players against United and give minutes to the Spanish U21 players, where we highlight Ceballos debut. Only a few minutes later, Stones scored the third one in a very big mistake of Real Madrid defense.

Mayoral, Vallejo and Achraf had three great opportunities to shorten the gap, but in the 81st minute the young Spaniard talent, Brahim Díaz, scored the fourth goal for the team managed by Guardiola, from a good shot from out the box, unstoppable for Kiko Casilla.

At least, the good news was the amazing shot of Real madrid youngster, Óscar, who scored his first goal with Real Madrid in the injury time.

On Sunday, Real Madrid will play against Barcelona in their third game of the preseason. Although it is only a friendly, no one in Madrid likes to lose 4-1, so this means that Los Blancos must improve their performance because now they will face a tougher team as the one managed by Valverde.