John Bradley joined Rob Daly on the Official UEFA Champions League Podcast and talked about Manchester City’s victory over Real Madrid and the player who made it all happen.
Pep Guardiola took down Zinedine Zidane in a mammoth first leg of the Champions League round of 16 fixture as the Citizens came from behind and ultimately secured the 2-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. Indeed, despite the vast array of riches available to Los Blancos, Bradley believes the results happened because the hosts didn’t have an elite player as Kevin De Bruyne in their ranks and the Belgium international was outstanding on the night.
Here’s what he said for the Official UEFA Champions League Podcast (27/2/2020): “But elite level players can do that. And Real Madrid, at this stage, do not have the same level of elite level players I think that Manchester City have and that’s why City were favourites. But De Bruyne, at the moment, is right up there amongst the very top echelon of players in world football and that was a moment of great individual craft and brilliance to create the goal and he was the one who was the catalyst for the comeback.”
Of course, the midfielder ended up rattling the inside of the Real Madrid net by the end of the night, slotting home that late penalty kick and putting the finishing touches on the comeback. Aside from that, the 28-year-old made 4 key passes (per WhoScored), completed three dribbles and was one of only two City players to accurately play a through ball.
Considering no Madrid player got near those numbers and former Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric – De Bruyne’s opposing number – was handed just a 6/10 by ESPN, it’d be fair to say that Bradley is right.
Man City fans, what did you think of De Bruyne’s performance at the Santiago Bernabeu? Do you agree with Bradley’s verdict? Let us know in the comments below!
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