At the latest in the extension you would have liked a shared screen as a TV viewer: the field on the left, the Real Madrid bank on the right. What was going on before this over the last half hour was a spectacle for itself.
How coach Carlo Ancelotti chewing chewing gum with the replaced Toni Kroos and Luka Modric discussed how Karim Benzema and other free free kick for Manchester City, every kick -off by Thibaut Courtois fists, yes, yes, which energy went from the entire coaching zone – all of this was part of the “miracle” (“Marca”), to which this Champions League semi-final second leg developed.
I have never seen a team that was as helpless as City in the last 15 minutes.
And the other, the blue corner? Pep Guardiola conducted unbroken as if he were binding him to puppet threads with his players. But otherwise: contested players on the bench who got their hair up, a short skirmish with the real side, nothing else. They struggled with their fate and watched their helpless colleagues who found no way back into the game after Benzema’s penalty goal.
“The mentality monsters were in the city,” Jürgen Klopp wanted 3-2 in Villarreal as a headline. She couldn’t have fits Mancity worse on Wednesday evening. It was not for the first time that the English champion in the Champions League failed to process setbacks in time.
“I have never seen a team that was as helpless as City in the last 15 minutes. Usually you still get a chance-you don’t,” tweeted ex-MANCITY-Profi Didi Hamann and blamed Guardiola for it: ” They act responsibly, act responsibly. If you try to play the game for them, not. Guardiola suffocates teams and players in making their own decisions. Compare that with Ancelotti or Klopp teams. “
What does Mancity want with Haaland? This question no longer arises
If Mancity’s offensive game had somewhat one -dimensional, but at least reasonably structured during the regular season, it seemed haphazard afterwards. In the end, only flanks sailed into Real’s penalty area, which Nacho & Co. were looking forward to. Where were the customers? Where was someone who shed on the team again who brushed the shock over the sudden extension?
Against this background, the question of what Mancity wants with Erling Haaland no longer arises. The whole semi -finals – also the first leg with the many missed opportunities – was like a cry for the BVB scorer, which the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” once referred to as “mentality bolt”.
In top shape, Haaland can not only score goals from nowhere and process crowbar, he can also carry along players. And he would physically give a supposedly perfect squad a completely new dimension.
But Mancity has known this form of consolation too well under Guardiola for six years now: it will definitely be better next year.