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Bernardo Silva shines
Just two days after it was rumored that PSG wanted to recruit Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese player gave Man City every reason to turn down the pursuing teams. Silva produced an impressive performance, and his contributions surpassed even goals.
Bernardo Silva is at the heart of Man City’s attack lines. And it makes sense for him to open the scoring. Silva picked up De Bruyne’s pass and hit the net from a confident Thibaut Courtois.
On the second goal, Bernardo Silva dashed in after Courtois blocked Gundogan’s shot. Silva has become the first player in a decade to score two goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
Bernardo Silva signed a contract with Man City in 2019 and has until 2025. But after an impressive match like the past, Bernardo will probably be awarded a new contract, especially when PSG is expressing interest. . With Gundogan set to leave, City cannot afford to lose another player like Bernardo Silva.
Real’s midfield is missing
If there is one reason for Real Madrid to be optimistic when visiting the Etihad, it is the experience and composure of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. These legendary midfielders have survived nights even harder than this.
But this time, the old duo of Real was missing. Modric lost the ball from the first minute and couldn’t cope with City’s relentless press. Kroos held the ball more firmly but could not help Real control the game. Federico Valverde completely disappeared.
Next summer, the midfield position will be where Real Madrid have a boost. Jude Bellingham is likely to be brought in from Dortmund. Meanwhile, Tchouameni promises to also continue to improve. Those will be good replacements for the legends for Los Blancos to head into a new cycle of success.
Jack Grealish impresses
Bernardo Silva deserves the Man of the Match award, making Eduardo Camavinga an apprentice left-back. But Jack Grealish also deserves credit.
In the attacking front, when space is a luxury, Grealish still handles well to keep the ball and find teammates with better space. The only time Dani Carvajal caused Grealish trouble, the Real defender was shown a yellow card.
Grealish has created a total of 35 chances in the Champions League this season, more than any other player. Grealish also became the English player who created the most chances in Champions League history. From being seen as a waste of money, Grealish is increasingly proving its worth and aiming to make history with The Citizens this season.
Vinicius turns off the lights before Kyle Walker
“If I can’t compete with these top players then I shouldn’t be here. I need to make sure I can deal with the best players.”
Those are the words of Kyle Walker’s determination before the rematch with Vinicius Junior. In the previous match, Walker coached Vinicius quite well but still let the Brazilian player score a goal.
Today, Kyle Walker is the absolute winner. Vinicius tried to dribble twice in 90 minutes and both failed. Vinicius is also the player who lost the most balls in this match (17 times). With his pace and ability to press, Walker is a nightmare for any attacking player.
Good luck, Inter
Real Madrid did not play well, but Los Blancos is considered the most likely opponent to threaten Man City in this year’s Champions League. Inter had a very good second phase of the season, but clearly not enough squad quality to make it difficult for Man City like Real Madrid.
After what Man City has shown against Real Madrid, perhaps not many people believe in the ability of Inter to make a surprise in this year’s Champions League final.