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Kyle Walker shuts down Vinicius Jr

Manchester Metropolis took a big step in the direction of successful the Treble by dispatching Actual Madrid 4-0 of their Champions League semi-final second leg. 

Not often has a contest between the 2 favourites for the competitors been so one-sided, with Pep Guardiola’s group utterly superior to their Spanish opponents in all departments.

Two targets from Bernardo Silva put Metropolis in management earlier than half-time, after Thibaut Courtois twice denied Erling Haaland. Eder Militão’s personal aim put the tie past doubt within the second half, earlier than Julian Alvarez added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time.

Metropolis will likely be heavy favourites for the Champions League closing towards Inter in Istanbul. They want only one league win from three matches to seal the Premier League title and face rivals Manchester United within the FA Cup closing. 

Mike McGrath assesses their star performers on Wednesday evening.

Man Metropolis (3-2-4-1)


Barely touched the ball as Metropolis loved he majority of possession and Actual couldn’t get near the Brazilian’s aim. Needed to preserve his focus ranges up and rush out when wanted. 6 

Kyle Walker

Chosen once more for his tempo to face Vini Jr and when he was uncovered one-on-one towards the Brazil ahead, confirmed his pace and expertise to win the ball. Needed to be disciplined together with his positioning. 9 

Ruben Dias

Battle with Benzema which noticed him use his physique towards the France striker. He was the large presence within the again line for Metropolis, the fixed central defender whereas others modified place. 8 

Manuel Akanji

Headed into hazard space for an enormous Haaland likelihood and was as menace together with his peak at set-pieces, which was rewarded together with his aim in the direction of the tip. Lined the left flank properly when Metropolis went right into a flat-back 4.  8  

John Stones

Seems to be so comfy in his twin function, defending a again three when Metropolis have the ball or dropping into the defence as a centre-back. Acquired into promising place and cleared the crossbar with a long-ranger. 7 


Moved into superior positions early on and had a shot extensive from promising place. However his job was about holding his place and holding the ball, ticking over possession and holding Metropolis in management. 9  

Bernardo Silva

Glorious end to make it 1-0 on the evening, shaping to go for the far put up and deceiving Courtois by firing dwelling within the different route. His second was a uncommon header, steered in when there was loads of work to do. 9 

Kevin De Bruyne

Excellent reverse move for the opening aim. This was typical of the Belgian, who was all throughout the midfield and delivering danerous passes and crosses, carrying his group ahead into Actual territory.

Ilkay Gundogan

Broke ahead when the time was proper, which was seen for the second aim when his shot ended up with Bernardo heading in. Such an underrated performer who’s out of contract in the summertime however needed on the membership. 8

Jack Grealish

Triggered issues for Carvajal once more, crossing for Haaland’s header that was saved at point-blank vary. A part of his recreation not appreciated is his urgent, which hurried Actual’s defenders. Drew fouls from Actual gamers.  8

Erling Haaland

Hit the bar when by means of within the second half. Had two headers saved. One was a superb cease, the opposite was straight on the keeper and he ought to have completed higher. 7 

Subs: Mahrez 79 (Gundogan)

Not used: Orega (g), Carson (g), Phillips, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer, Lewis 

Actual Madrid (4-3-3) 

Thibaut Courtois 

World-class save to disclaim Haaland, after spreading himself to save lots of one of many Metropolis striker’s headers. Maybe down early for the opener however no likelihood with the second aim. 7 

Dani Carvajal

Acquired tight to Grealish however as the sport wore on the Metropolis ahead grew in confidence operating on the Actual full-back with the ball at his ft. Getting ahead was not on the agenda. 4

Eder Militao

Most well-liked to Rudiger and adopted Haaland all over the place, together with when he dropped into midfield – however that solely served to lose monitor of Metropolis’s different attack-minded gamers who had been pouring ahead. 5  

David Alaba

Stored his place within the group however couldn’t halt the Metropolis assaults. He was a part of a defence that seemed rocked and it was all about defending somewhat than displaying his footballing high quality. 5 

Eduardo Camavinga

Struggled at left-back. Extra comfy from mid-second half when he was in midfield and never uncovered to pacy wingers operating at him. Dedicated fouls to place his group underneath stress. 4

Federico Valverde

Actual merely didn’t have the ball sufficient to launch the midfielder and use his tempo operating ahead. His work was defensive somewhat that pushing ahead. Had blue shirts throughout him. 4  

Luka Modric

The little genius was monitoring again and defending, which isn’t his recreation. His passing may beat Metropolis’s press within the first half however this time they had been too fast and he couldn’t dictate the tempo of the sport like he can. 5  

Toni Kroos

Smashed a 25-yard drive towards the crossbar when Actual had been trying to get again into the sport however couldn’t pay money for the ball. He was not given time to choose his passes as he would have preferred. 5 

Vinicius Jr

Dropped deeper to defend, which summed up the place Actual had been within the tie. When he bought in a promising place he was responsible of a handball. Walker matched him for tempo and performed him intelligently. 4  

Karim Benzema

His team-mates weren’t shut sufficient to assist him, and his possibilities had been restricted. With out clever passes from his extensive team-mates, his work was about closing down defenders, which isn’t what he’s about. 4  


Couldn’t get into the sport and each time he began operating at Metropolis he would lose management or momentum would cease. Huge choice to decide on him for the sport however one Ancelotti bought incorrect. 4 

Subs: Rudiger 63 (Modric), Asensio 70 (Kroos), (Carvajal) 

Not used: Lunin (g), Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Odriozola, Vazquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Mendy, Diaz




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