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De Bruyne punctures Simeone’s bus


holds Karpov that you cannot fight for victory if in the depths of your heart what you are looking for is a draw. There is no better explanation to sum up the defeat of the Athletic in Manchester in the chess game they played Simeone Y Guardiola. The tie is open to Metropolitan where Simeone must propose a very different match if he wants to get into the semifinals.

The duels between Guardiola and Simeone transcend the grass. They are clashes between two schools, two vital philosophies. They are more philosophical than football. Their antagonism is on the way to matching them to historical rivalries such as that of Kasparov Y Karpovwave of Federer Y Nadal. Something that triggers the importance of every detail, every decision. output cholos insisted on the line of five, but pushed Mark Llorente to the trivote shielding the lane with Vrsaljko. The athletic coach guessed inside the game, so he generated traffic in the corridors to block the arrivals of a City that played without area forwards.

Simeone’s bus

The first few minutes confirmed the chess game. Simeone he conceded the bands, and with it the lateral centers, aware that the rival did not have 9. The Argentine chose how to be besieged. Thats why he Athletic, at the beginning, he ignored the attack and planted a bus in front of his area without blushing. The rojiblancos put chloroform into the game and did not step on the rival area until the 20th minute. At half an hour the meeting did not register a single shot on goal. The locals couldn’t. The visitors didn’t even think about it.

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I missed the placidity due to the parsimony of a City who played trot. He gave the feeling that Guardiola he was more concerned about the mattress contras than the effectiveness of his. It seemed that the two signed the tables, as if they were aware that they were playing a game at 180 minutes. There was no trace of City’s announced exuberance, of the celestial tsunami predicted by the bookmakers. Two long shots from stones to the stands were the most notable in a placidly soporific first part for the mattress interests. At rest those of Pep they accumulated 72% of possession without a shot between the three sticks.

De Bruyne’s goal

The coaches kept the pieces after the break, but the game dawned with a couple of skirmishes to take to the mouth. The pulses were already rising Simeone his face twisted. at 55 minutes DeBruyne made work to oblak with a foul on the edge of the area that the Slovenian got rid of. The cholos The team sharpened the hour with a triple change: DePaul, Cunha Y Belt by Koke, Griezmann Y Llorente. In the City, Pep he maintained a chess stoicism because he did not want to move before Simeone. He still remembered how he fell into the trap of the cholos in that Bayern-Atletico.

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Once the Argentine made a move, Guardiola responded by introducing Grealish, Gabriel Jesus Y Foden to work the spaces behind De Paul and Correa. And he was right, because City found a goal from De Bruyne in the first intervention of Foden, who turned between the lines and enabled his partner. He changed the decor noticeably. The dilemma was whether to settle for a minimal defeat or go for a draw and uncover behind. And Cholo preferred to think about Wednesday’s game in Madrid. The result was worth it to both of them because they didn’t play much more. The tie will be decided on the Metropolitan, but Simeone will play white.


-MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson (sc); Stones (5), Laporte (5), Ake (5), Cancelo (5); Rodrigo (5), Gundogan (4), Bernardo (4); Mahrez (4), De Bruyne (6), Sterling (4). Coach: Guardiola (5). Substitutions: Grealish (5) for Gundogan (m.68), Gabriel Jesús (5) for Sterling (m.68), Foden (7) for Mahrez (m.68)

ATHLETIC: Oblak (6); Vrsaljko (5), Savic (5), Felipe (5), Reinildo (5), Renan Lodi (5); Kondogbia (4), Koke (7), Llorente (5); Joao Felix (5), Griezmann (5). Coach: Simeone (5). Substitutions: De Paul (4) for Koke (m.59), Correa (5) for Griezmann (m.59), Cunha (5) for Llorente (m.59), Lemar (sc) for Joao Félix (m.80 )

-GOAL: 1-0, De Bruyne (m.69)

REFEREE: Kovacs, from Romania.

CARDS: De Paul (m.68), Correa (m.81), Gabriel Jesus (m.83), Ederson (m.90)

STADIUM: City of Manchester. 60,000 spectators.

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