On May 17, Manchester City defeated Real Madrid at the Etihad to conclude their championship defense in the UEFA Champions League. The winning margin for the Premier League champions was 4-0 on the night and 5-1 overall.
City led by a wide margin at halftime thanks to goals from Bernardo Silva (at 23 and 37 seconds) in the first half. Late goals by Manuel Akanji (76′) and Julian Alvarez (90’+1′) gave his team a win margin that reflected their domination on the pitch.
With the victory, Manchester City advances to the final, which will take place on June 10 in Istanbul. Inter Milan of Serie A stands in the way of the Cityzens’ first Champions League triumph.
Below are the player ratings for the Real Madrid players:
Player Ratings for Real Madrid players:
Thibaut Courtois (8/10):
The Belgian goalkeeper denied Erling Haaland twice in the first half. However, he could not do anything about the goals. If it was not for him, the score would have been 6-0 or worse.
Dani Carvajal (4/10):
The full back was frustrated by Jack Grealish throughout the game and was substituted with 15 minutes left to play.
Eder Militao (5/10):
It was a big decision to reinstate him following his suspension for the first leg. He had to be prepared to battle Haaland, but did not do anything to slow him down.
David Alaba (5/10):
He was unable to help Camavinga and the Man City attack tore his side of the defense.
Eduardo Camavinga (3/10):
Camavinga was nowhere to be seen against Bernardo Silva, who rattled him right from the beginning of the game. After a string of outstanding performances over the previous month, left defender appeared to be completely overpowered.
Federico Valverde (4/10):
Valverde was completely useless in the middle of the park, although the same can be said about his seniors in midfield.
Toni Kroos (4/10):
He went missing on City’s opening goal and gave the ball away far too frequently. He still made a decent number of pass completions, but his defensive flaws were exposed here.
Luka Modric (3/10):
The Croatian midfielder looked rattled by Man City’s press and misplaced some passes. He even got nutmegged by Jack Grealish in the second half.
The Brazilian attacker enjoyed some good touches and the occasional nice run. But should have done better in the final third in their rare counter-attacks.
Karim Benzema (3/10):
The French striker was poor according to his standards. He had 2 shots, neither of which caused any problems to Ederson.
Vinicius Jr (5/10):
Vinicius Jr. made some behind-the-back runs and attempted to create opportunities with the ball, but they lacked the necessary touches to create anything. He was largely kept at bay by the outstanding Walker.