Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has been confirmed after making his prediction for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Manchester City and Real Madrid
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Arsene Wenger foresaw the demise of Manchester City before they suffered a humiliating collapse in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Sky Blues were eliminated from the competition on Wednesday night despite leading 5-3 on aggregate with seconds remaining in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. Riyad Mahrez scored in the 73rd minute to set City on their way to the final against Liverpool before substitute Rodrygo tore up the script, scoring in the 90th and 91st minutes to level the tie.
Amazingly, Karim Benzema then scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in early extra time and Los Blancos saw the remaining 25 minutes before their deafening support in the Spanish capital. Rodrygo’s quick double came just after Pep Guardiola had to knock out Kyle Walker, who was clearly struggling with an injury.
The City manager sent Oleksandr Zinchenko in the Englishman’s place, but the substitute struggled to deal with Real Madrid’s dazzling wingers – namely Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior – before the hosts struck back in impressive fashion on death. The way the final minutes played out more than vindicated Wenger’s comments ahead of the second leg when he raised concerns about City’s ability to defend without Walker at right-back.
The former Arsenal manager gave his prediction while speaking on beIN Sports: “City. They’re the better team. The only thing about City, they can be vulnerable if Walker doesn’t play in that defense. If they did it [Joao] Cancelo and Walker are good at passing behind defenders. If Walker isn’t there, they’re a little more vulnerable.”
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Walker played no part in the first leg against Los Blancos and has missed City’s last three Premier League games with an ankle injury sustained in the quarter-finals game against Atletico Madrid. He managed Vinicius Junior well throughout his time on the pitch in the second leg but clearly played with pain after several clashes in the second half, eventually forcing Guardiola to knock him out.
It remains to be seen how serious his recent problem is while City, meanwhile, must recover from their painful defeat and refocus their efforts on the intense Premier League title race with Liverpool. Four Premier League games remain for each of the two contenders and the Etihad club sit a slender one point clear of the Reds at the top of the table.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/championsleague-man-city-real-madrid-26876218 Arsene Wenger sent Man City shockingly accurate warning before embarrassing Real Madrid