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Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City 2nd leg Prediction

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Atletico Madrid vs Manchester City 2nd leg Prediction

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Manchester City got the upper hand against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals.

Kevin De Bruyne won the game for the Citizens in the 70th minute after an exquisite through-ball by Foden.

After the game, there has been some criticism towards Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone.

As Atletico Madrid “PARKED THE BUS” at the Etihad Stadium and they didn’t have a shot on target during the whole 90 minutes.

“Teams play very defensively [against us], but today, for the first time, I see a team playing 5-5-0,” the Belgium international told TNT Sports.

“No strikers. So it’s tough to find the spaces.”

De Bruyne added: “In the second half, we had more chances, and luckily we scored one, but we also didn’t give anything away and in that aspect, we played a perfect game.”

In his post-match press conference, City boss Pep Guardiola echoed the midfielder’s sentiments, adding:

“We sensed that they would play 5-3-2, then they adjusted and became 5-5.

“In prehistory, today, and in a hundred thousand years, it is tough to attack a 5-5. There are no spaces.”

Expected Lineup:

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson;

John Stones, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo;

Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan;

Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling.

 

ATLETICO MADRID (5-3-2): Jan Oblak;

Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic, Felipe, Reinildo, Renan Lodi;

Marcos Llorente, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Koke;

Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix.

What to expect from the game?

There is a chip on Atletico’s shoulder as they need to score early in the game to have some chance of winning the tie.

Atletico Madrid cannot rely on their defensive game and try to be aggressive in the second leg.

Meanwhile, Manchester City can play the Atletico game against them and try to counterattack, but Pep Guardiola will play his game as City will have most of the possession.

Match Timing and Channels in India:

The game will kickoff at 00:30 am IST.

Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD on TV and Online Streaming on SonyLiv.

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