Manchester City players carve out Atlético

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Manchester City has taken up residence in Madrid. Indeed, the Mancunians will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in two weeks. Before that, they had to pass the Atlético de Madrid obstacle. Winners 1-0 in the first leg, the English conceded a draw last night at the Wanda Metropolitano (0-0) and therefore qualified in a match played in a very tense atmosphere. Throughout the meeting, Phil Foden notably received special treatment from the Spanish defense. The City player was also at the heart of a big fight in the second period.

Guardiola calms things down

Indeed, he caused the expulsion of Felipe, who tackled him along the sideline. Foden rolled to the ground before finishing on the field. This twisted the Colchoneros, in particular Savic, who kept accusing the Mancunians of wasting time. Once the final whistle sounded, the tension did not go down and a new fight broke out in the tunnel. While Diego Simeone settled his accounts with Pep Guardiola and the Citizens, in the opposing camp there were many reactions after the match.

Pep Guardiola, who denied having criticized Atléti, wanted to calm things down. When asked if his team wanted to waste time, he replied: “I have nothing to say about it”. Same with fights. Questioned three times on the subject, he ended up declaring: “I am not talking about this action. Everyone saw what happened. That’s all. I have nothing to say”. His players were much more talkative. At the microphone of BT SportsJohn Stones was the first to fire red bullets at the residents of the Wanda Metropolitano.

Players smash Atlético

“We knew it wasn’t an easy place to be, it’s a hostile environment, it was a tough night around us and the way we defended and controlled each other was incredible. We know they try to do things like that sometimes and we handled that well. We kept our composure, it’s easy to be dragged into things like that (…) I don’t want to dwell on it because in both legs we played incredibly against a team with experience in what ‘she does”.

His partner in defense, Aymeric Laporte, also swayed. “I am very happy to move on to the next round. We knew it was going to be difficult. I don’t know if we wasted time or if they got into some senseless fights. We already knew how they were, they already did. It’s always ugly fights, it makes a lot of noise for so little. It hurt them more than us.”. The final word went to Rodri, Man City player and former Madrid player. “What happens on the pitch stays there. They are my ex-colleagues and that’s why I tried to get away from it all. It was not pleasant”. That is what is said!

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