Champions League quarter-final second leg
11/04/2018 9:00 am
Referee: Antonio Lahoz
|Gabriel Jesus (2)||Mo Salah (56), Roberto Firmino (77)|
|Kyle Walker||Trent Alexander-Arnold||81|
|Nicolás Otamendi||Dejan Lovren|
|Aymeric Laporte||Virgil van Dijk|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain|
|David Silva||66||Georginio Wijnaldum|
|Raheem Sterling||James Milner|
|Bernardo Silva||74||Mo Salah||89|
|Gabriel Jesus||Roberto Firmino||81|
|Leroy Sané||Sadio Mané|
|Claudio Bravo||Nathaniel Clyne||81|
|Vincent Kompany||Ragnar Klavan||81|
|IIkay Gündogan||74||Alberto Moreno|
|Sergio Agüero||76||Simon Mignolet|
|Fabian Delph||Danny Ings||89|
Manchester City’s Champions League campaign came to an abrupt end at the quarter-final stage last night after suffering a second defeat in six days at the hands of Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp and his merry men march on, and deservedly so, into the competitions semi-final stage.
Could one blame Pep for his gung-ho approach?
No, not at all. City were 3-0 down from the first leg…everyone knew we had to score three, without reply for the team to force the tie into extra-time.
Did Pep’s sending off effect the result / performance?
The players had been briefed, they knew what was required and so I have to say, no.
Could one blame the officials?
Chalking off a perfectly good goal didn’t help. In addition, several other weird and inept decisions from the Spanish officials made our exit even harder to swallow.
Could one blame Pep’s players?
I suppose so. Having said that, the lads put a shift in and deserved more from the tie.
Three hectic and energy sapping back-to-back games in a short space of time has taken its toll, not only on the players but on us fans. I for one am mentally knackered / exhausted and need to recharge my batteries in preparation for Saturday’s Premier League fixture, away at Tottenham. Now, if I feel drained imagine how everyone at the club feels.
This season is not over just yet. We have six remaining Premier League fixtures and a mere five points required to lift the season’s second trophy.
It’s going to take me a while to get over last night’s hugely disappointing result.