UCL: De Bruyne scores as Man City beat defensive Atletico 1-0

“It was a very hard game. They played so defensively and they’re solid. I would recommend to anyone who says something about our performance to try it on the training pitch."
UCL: De Bruyne scores as Man City beat defensive Atletico 1-0
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne beat Atletico's Jan Oblak to net the winner. Photograph: The Guardian UK

Kevin De Bryne scored the winner as Manchester City defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Pepe Guardiola's sides were the more dominant side on the night but Diego Simeone's side's defensive play kept them out for over an hour as the game remained goalless.

However, Guardiola introduced Phil Foden and the Englishman made an instant impact when he teed up De Bruyne for the breakthrough goal.

De Bruyne found the back of the net in the 70th minute with what ended up being City's second shot on target.

City's Ederson enjoyed a holiday throughout the game as the visitors who apparently had no intention of scoring a go registered zero shot on target neither did they get a single goal attempt over the course of 90 minutes of play.

The Premier League giants will now head to Spain with a 1-0 advantage when they face the La Liga giants who will be expected to come all out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium next Wednesday in the second leg.

Speaking after the game, the Belgian admitted that “It was a very hard game. They played so defensively and they’re solid. They played almost 5-5-0 and it’s very hard to find spaces. I would recommend to anyone who says something about our performance to try it on the training pitch.

“In the circumstances, we played pretty well. You need to be calm, patient, give nothing away and keep trying to find the spaces. You’re gonna lose balls because it’s so compact, but we had a couple of chances in the second half and we managed to take one. I made a run and Phil found me perfectly. I needed to stay composed and luckily I did.

“[On the aggressiveness in the last 10 minutes] It’s the way they play. It’s their style and there’s no point in us trying to fight them because that’s not our way. We handled it pretty well.”

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