MARTIN KNOWN: Raheem Sterling’s excellent performance from the bank waves it to Manchester City after Pep Guardiola confused Real Madrid with a tactical surprise by flooding the midfield
- Raheem Sterling was withdrawn from the bank for Man City
- Pep Guardiola tries to push the limits as the ultimate tactician
- He unleashed an incredibly smooth setup in the Bernabeu on Wednesday
- Gabriel Jesus started in the back left before becoming the central attacker
- Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva both acted as false no
The Manchester City comeback was due to the beautiful movement of Raheem Sterling, and this is something that the 25-year-old has mastered under Pep Guardiola.
Sterling was withdrawn from the bank in the 73rd minute. In the 78th, he walked Real Madrid’s defense before Kevin De Bruyne joined his teammate in support.
He crossed, Gabriel found Jesus and pop, 1-1. Then Sterling ran directly from the left wing to Real in the 83rd minute, forcing Dani Carvajal to foul him and win the penalty.
Raheem Sterling was destroyed from the bank for Manchester City
Sterling won the penalty with which Kevin De Bruyne scored a late winner at the Bernabeu
De Bruyne then found the bottom left corner for 2-1. What an excellent performance from the replacement was this from Sterling.
His movement is first class and that gave Real nightmares, leaving City behind the wheel of this band.
As the ultimate tactician, Guardiola is someone who is trying to push the boundaries, and we saw an incredibly smooth set-up of City here.
Jesus could be seen as the back left than the central forward. De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva could be seen as false nines.
Pep Guardiola tries to push the boundaries of the Champions League as the ultimate tactician
Gabriel Jesus started in the back left and then became the central striker in the second half
Guardiola is not averse to surprising tactical changes in this competition. As the boss of Bayern Munich, in May 2015, he played a back three and tried to go hand in hand with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Bayern lost that first leg 3-0. Perhaps it is because of what happened to Guardiola in the Champions League before he wanted to implement these changes.
After all, City had a lot to do in second legs in recent seasons – lost 3-0 in Liverpool and 1-0 in Tottenham in first legs.
Guardiola did not want this to happen here. City suppressed Real Madrid in the first half, after which Isco struck. But Sterling turned this tie on.
Bernardo Silva (photo) and Kevin De Bruyne both acted as false No. 9 for Manchester City