Manchester City vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Citizens with a big advantage, but never underestimate Real Madrid and Zidane
Real Madrid started the game well at the Bernabeu. Later, a goal from G. de Jesus and a rash challenge from skipper S. Ramos García provided K. De Bruyne with the chance to win the match. Manchester City have scored two away goals in the Real Madrid vs Manchester City (26/02/2020) match, which is always a great thing to do.
It went quite unnoticed, but J. Guardiola i Sala’s game plan was spot on. The Spaniard is known for not making significant strategical changes in massive games. That’s the criticism he has faced continuously since his Bayern München days. Finally, he put up an effective game plan which worked massively in their favour. It wasn’t the type of game plan you would expect from Guardiola, but its effect was evident.
The plan was quite similar to the phrase “park the bus”, but it had some eye-catching facets to it. Gabriel Jesus played as a left wing-back for a long time, and they didn’t press the way Pep’s teams usually do. De Bruyne played as a false nine. They struggled a bit in the first half because of the unusual positioning of some players.
Real Madrid surprisingly went with a precarious approach which worked for most of the first half. However, as Z. Zidane’s side are not used to play that way regularly, they started tiring up and then Manchester City took full advantage. They went with a very positive mindset as they were pressing very high with a lot of intensity. More importantly, their counter-pressing was eye-cathing. They pressed and won the ball back quickly after losing it. As the stats prove, Real Madrid had more of the ball in the first half (52%).
However, the second half was different. Manchester City started to dominate the ball as the Madrid players were getting tired. Real’s pressing lost its intensity, and they looked all over the place. The first goal inevitably arrived. Then Jesus got in behind Sergio Ramos, and the skipper made a ridiculous challenge. The penalty was clear, but the red card will see the defender miss the second leg.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid predictions
A decent value within the match is to be found in the both teams to score market. Our fair odds predictions suggest 1.2, but the bookie offers 1.47. The odds difference is giving 22.5% value. Another decent value bet is to be found in the away win of Real Madrid. Our fair odds predict 2.7, while the bookie offers 4.48.
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