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Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City: Match Review



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The Santiago Bernabeu has been witness to back-to-back Champions League come-backs this season. The trend began with Real Madrid’s scintillating win over PSG that saw them overcome a deficit to earn a place in the quarterfinals.

Weeks later, they repeated their heroics against Chelsea after they slipped into a losing position after a poor first half.

When Manchester City visited the Bernabeu with a one-goal lead on aggregate, one expected Ancelotti’s side to capitalise on the home advantage to secure a comeback.

The newly crowned La Liga champions had two novelties in their starting lineup: Nacho at centre-back and Federico Valverde over Rodrygo in the attack.

From the get-go, Pep Guardiola’s side took control of proceedings. Karim Benzema had a half-chance in the fourth minute, but it was the Premier League side that had the better and more frequent openings.

Manchester City’s first big chance of the night arrived in the 15th minute when Kevin de Bruyne cut in and shot from distance. The ball was well-struck but was straight into the hands of Courtois.

The Bernabeu held its breath in the 18th minute when Los Blancos had an excellent chance to equalise. Ruben Dias’ clearance fell at the feet of Vinicius Jr, who attempted a direct shot on goal. Unfortunately, his effort went over the bar.

Bernardo Silva’s volley seemed set to glide past the Belgian goalkeeper and into the top corner in the 20th minute until the Real Madrid shot-stopper made an incredible effort to deny it. Minutes later, Gabriel Jesus blew his chance to give City the lead too.

The last big chance of the first half, too, fell to the English outfit when Phil Foden tried his luck on goal. Despite taking a sharp shot, he was denied by Courtois who parried the ball away.

The second half got off to a bright start for Real Madrid who should have tied the score on aggregate as early as the 46th minute. Vinicius Jr had the goal at his mercy but failed to put the ball in the net.

Five minutes into the second period, Courtois was forced to make another save to keep Los Blancos in the game.

There was mayhem in the Manchester City box when Ederson failed to collect the ball after making a charge. Kyle Walker and Rodri scrambled back and cleared the danger for their side, but Real Madrid should have had their first goal.

The most significant moment of the game eventually arrived in the 73rd minute. Bernardo Silva combined with Riyad Mahrez to set the latter free inside the box.

Mahrez did not hesitate to shoot the first time, and his effort rocketed past Courtois at the near post to give City a two-goal cushion on aggregate.

Benzema’s offside effort was saved by Ederson in the 82nd minute, and any hopes of a comeback slowly began to fade away for Los Blancos. As Real Madrid progressively found themselves under more pressure, City began to flourish.

The visitors almost scored a second goal on the night when Grealish put a shot past the Belgian international. However, Ferland Mendy cleared from off the line to keep his side in the game.

A glimmer of hope arrived in the 90th minute when Karim Benzema found Rodrygo inside the box with a clever pass. The Brazilian put the ball past Ederson to put Real Madrid within touching distance of a comeback.

Seconds later, the hosts completed another incredible comeback. Daniel Carvajal put a cross into the box, and Rodrygo rose into the air to score again. The score read 5-5, and the game was well and truly back alive.

Benzema tried his luck on goal in the first minute of extra-time, but could not put much power behind his strike.

Yet, the Frenchman did not give up and won his side a penalty just a minute later. He won the ball cleanly in the box before being taken down by Ruben Dias.

From the spot, he struck the ball clean as a whistle into the bottom right corner. Real Madrid led for the first time in the game, and the scoreboard read 6-5.

Fernandinho came close to scoring an equaliser in the final minute of the first half of extra time but could not stretch enough to seal the goal. The visitors struggled to find another goal on the night, and Real Madrid made it to the finals of the UCL.

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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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