Date: 24th July 2015 at 6:55pm
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Defeat to Madrid at anytime is hardly a disgrace! Taking into account they named a near full strength XI, and this WAS a pre-season game, a four-one defeat shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.

Much as it shouldn’t have had we won either!

Ideally City would have beaten Madrid and lifted the International Champions Cup, and more importantly Fabian Delph wouldn’t have suffered a suspected hamstring injury 18-mintues into his debut, but what can you do!

Goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, some of the defending was shocking, had Madrid three-up before Yaya Toure’s penalty. A dominant Madrid win was wrapped up when Denis Cheryshev scored the fourth.

A near-capacity 99,000 crowd watched on at the Melbourne Cricket Ground but as said we have to put this into perspective.

Buzz Lightyear shares some thoughts, which were initially posted in the VMC forum….

I thought we did ok, Real Madrid, put out a team that they would for any Champions League or a normal League match, basically their first team, whilst City fielded a mixture.

The game was over as a game at half time we lost Delph to a hamstring injury but with a well disciplined Real Madrid defence we were well beaten and much will be made of this from the bloaters, but as far as Manuel Pellegrini is concerned he will be looking at the positives from the youngsters.

We could have defended better to prevent the goals but again that is a learning curve for the CB pairing of Denayer and Cunningham the 16 yr old EDS, who will remember playing against Real for a long time, but should not take it too seriously but learn from the mistakes made.

I don’t think going one up front is ideal unless you can defend.

In conclusion it was another good workout and working our way to fitness for the start of the league in a couple of weeks.


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