Manchester City Vs Real Madrid : Man City outclass Real Madrid to reach Champions League final

Man City outclass Real Madrid to reach Champions League final

Manchester City showcased their dominance and banished the memories of the previous year by thrashing Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals at the Etihad Stadium. This commanding victory, combined with a 1-1 draw in the first leg, secured City’s spot in the final and set up a showdown with Inter Milan on June 10 in Istanbul.

From the beginning, City asserted their control, with Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, making two exceptional saves to deny Erling Haaland’s headers. Kevin De Bruyne also came close with a free kick that narrowly missed the near post. Pep Guardiola’s side continued to apply relentless pressure, and their efforts paid off in the 23rd minute when De Bruyne delivered a precise through pass to Bernardo Silva. Silva confidently cut onto his left foot and fired a powerful shot past Courtois, giving City a well-deserved lead.

Fifteen minutes later, Silva struck again, this time with a superb looping header that found the back of the net after Ilkay Gundogan’s close-range strike rebounded favorably for him. Throughout the first half, Madrid, the 14-time European champions, struggled to create any significant chances and were unable to threaten City’s goal.

Silva, reflecting on his exceptional performance, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s victory, stating, “It’s a beautiful night for us. We knew it was going to be tough. But to beat this Madrid team 4-0 at home, it was wonderful. A wonderful feeling to be in the final again, and hopefully this time we can try and win it.”

Although Carlo Ancelotti’s team showed some improvement in the second half, they failed to produce any quality opportunities. City had a great chance in the 73rd minute, but Courtois once again denied Haaland from close range. The decisive goal came shortly after when De Bruyne’s floated cross deflected off Manuel Akanji and then Eder Militao, finding the back of the net and sending the Etihad crowd into jubilation.

Julian Alvarez, a substitute for Haaland, added City’s fourth goal late in the game, further sealing their victory. Guardiola and his team took their time to celebrate in front of their ecstatic home supporters after the final whistle.

This victory marks Manchester City’s second appearance in the Champions League final under Guardiola, as they aim to clinch the title after falling short against Chelsea in 2021. The anticipation was palpable at the Etihad Stadium, knowing that the clash with Real Madrid was essentially a final in itself, with Inter Milan awaiting the winners in the actual final. Inter, despite an average Serie A season, secured their place in the final after 13 years.

The lineups for both teams closely resembled the previous thrilling 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, with the only change being Eder Militao replacing Antonio Rudiger in Real’s defense. City’s early dominance effectively eliminated any hope of a repeat of last year’s miraculous turnaround, when Real overcame a three-goal deficit to win 6-5 on aggregate.

Having secured their place in the Istanbul final, Manchester City now have the opportunity to win their fifth Premier League title in six seasons this weekend, in addition to the upcoming FA Cup final.