Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 16, 2023 by Diary Times
Manchester City won 3-0 against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Early in the match, Jack Grealish raised the spirits of the home crowd and in-form striker Erling Haaland also had two chances, far from his best, and could not be replaced. Rodri’s curling shot in the 27th minute gave City the early advantage they were looking for as he fired his left-footed shot wide of the far post and the ball was sent curling into the top corner, allowing Yan Somar’s leg became useless.
Rodri’s curling shot from distance in the 22-yard strike partnership in the first half gave Pep Guardiola’s side the lead against the German champions, before Bernardo Silva headed into the second half after the interval. Leroy Sane repeatedly tested Ederson down the middle but Bayern’s defensive weakness was evident.’ The scoreline at half time read 1–0 in favor of the home side. In the 70th minute, it was Silva’s turn to score as he received a pass from Haaland and sent it past the keeper with a header. Yan tried to keep it out of the nets but could not.
Haaland made full use of the opportunity and freedom to score in the box, latching onto John Stones’ header and he cushioned the shot beyond Yannes. Following his side’s victory, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, commented that the victory was not at all comfortable and left him “emotionally destroyed”. “It was not smooth at all. I am emotionally destroyed! I have 10 more years today. It was such a demanding game. For 55 to 60 minutes, it was a tight game, for parts, they asked us Were better. Beginning of the second half, they were better. We couldn’t control them. But we made some adjustments and we were better. It’s an unbelievable result. But we have to do better in Munich and not suffer too much We’ll try to do it,” said the manager.
“I’ve been there many times. I know this team is special. You need not one but two top games to knock out these top teams. I know what we have to do there. If we can play well If they don’t, they can score one.” , two or three. I know it and the players know it. It’s an incredible result but we have to approach our game with a huge, huge personality because otherwise these are top clubs and teams. Here, we have our chances, our stadium, we have something special this season. We have our pace, we are clinical and we have that weapon. But the same goes for Munich.”
“I’ve been there, you haven’t been there. I’ve been there three years. I know what it means to people, we’re going out there to score goals and try to win games. If not, then so be it.” Difficult,” the manager concluded. Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel said, “It doesn’t feel like 3-0, but it’s 3-0 and it’s a big, big job, now to turn it around. We are realistic but we will not give up. It won’t end until we’re in the shower. Regarding Rodri’s goal, he said, “If City get a goal like that it becomes really tough.” “The reaction was great during the first half. It was even better in the second half. In a period where the goal could have given us a huge boost of confidence, the opposite happened.” He saw Upamecano’s mistake as the turning point in the match. “The second goal changed the momentum when it was our momentum. It was a personal mistake, a decision-making mistake and at the highest level in world football it is cruel. It is a mistake that should not happen at this level in this part. ” of the field. Clearly, we weren’t rewarded for our efforts,” concluded the boss. The second leg of the tie will take place in Munich on Wednesday, April 19.