Pep Guardiola would have been really pleased with the performance his squad put out on Wednesday, changing the script on the team that often annihilates opponents in the competition and making it appear simple to tear Real Madrid apart.
The European champions were utterly outplayed in the first half by the Premier League leaders, led by two goals from Bernardo Silva, who also turned City into a League One team who had drawn City in the FA Cup third round by accident.
Real Madrid’s situation didn’t improve much in the second half either as Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez completed the score and dealt Los Blancos a severe beating.
The fact that Kevin De Bruyne had a somewhat bad night was the only thing that made things simpler for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
In fact, Pep Guardiola was so annoyed with the Belgian that it appeared as though they got into a brief argument. As you can see in the video below, the manager told his midfielder to pass the ball as the player appeared to retort, “Shut up, shut up.”
Guardiola: “Pass the ball, Pass the ball!”
Kevin De Bruyne: “Shut up! Shut Up!” 🤣👊 pic.twitter.com/2kejPutE0s
— Football Fights (@footbalIfights) May 18, 2023
Speaking to Spanish broadcaster Movistar after the match, Pep Guardiola explained that he wasn’t too happy with his team at the time of the argument.
“At 2-0 we rushed a lot,” Guardiola explained.
“Right after the break [Ilkay] Gundogan lost a ball, Kevin made three transitions that weren’t necessary and we rushed a lot when we had to do the opposite, sink them and turn them, sink them and turn them.”
“But it’s normal. It gets close, you rush, and it has cost us more, although in general we have had an extraordinary game.”
When City’s manager takes aim at one of the finest midfielders in the world while soundly defeating the greatest team in Champions League history, it demonstrates the level at which they are playing and what they demand from their players.