A missed opportunity for Manchester City – they made it too easy for Real Madrid

Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid was ultimately decided by a penalty shootout, after a 1-1 second-leg draw at the Etihad last night meant the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

If Bernardo Silva hadn’t dinked his penalty, or if Antonio Rudiger had struck the post with his and the ball had bounced out rather than in, there could have been a different outcome.

But the fact it even reached penalties should be considered something of a failure for City, who recovered from going 1-0 down early on to completely dominate the game. They created some chances, but relatively few considering their level of possession throughout the 120 minutes.

While the likes of Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Andriy Lunin deserve credit for good performances inside Madrid’s penalty area, City made their life rather too easy.

City largely concentrated on attacking down the flanks. They had different plans for the two wings. Down City’s right, Pep Guardiola knew Madrid are…

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