MILAN – Manchester Metropolis confirmed a chaotic second half in a well-known previous stadium on Wednesday. You can’t afford one other on Sunday.
A visit to San Siro is often the spotlight of any European marketing campaign, however beforehand it was restricted to an excellent warm-up with Anfield and Liverpool, which was scheduled to happen in 4 days. That was, nevertheless, earlier than Atalanta Metropolis shook for a blithe second 45 minutes, Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty awarded by the VAR, Ederson was substituted at halftime, Claudio Bravo was despatched and Kyle Walker completed the night time on the end.
The naked info are that the game ended 1-1 and Metropolis have to attend to qualify for the knockout spherical. Nonetheless, Pep Guardiola had stated that one of the simplest ways to organize for Liverpool was with a shiny show, and a minimum of within the second half it was removed from it.
The sight of Kevin De Bruyne After Joao Cancelo had introduced the ball out of the sport, he summed up within the second half a efficiency that lacked the standard boasting and the standard spark.
"We suffered rather a lot within the second half," Guardiola admitted afterwards.
Though he began the night time by a five-point lead at Champions League Group C, he saved his phrase and picked a powerful aspect. Ederson, Fernandinho. Ilkay Gundogan. Bernardo Silva. Raheem Sterling and De Bruyne had been all requested to compete in opposition to a group that had failed 2-1 at Etihad two weeks in the past.
With Aymeric Laporte. Leroy Sane. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri damage and Phil Foden Guardiola may declare that he had nobody else, however given the scale of the sport they confronted subsequent, there was nonetheless some threat. If Ederson, who retired at halftime, is just not obtainable in Anfield, playing has not paid off: Bravo, who has been despatched off due to a fall Josip Ilicic 9 minutes from time, since Might 2018, no league recreation has began.
Walker, alternatively, was with no clear sheet and was ultimately sung by the visiting followers with songs from "England's No. 1". The precise-back has often participated in Metropolis Soccer Academy goalkeeping periods.
The consequence ought to by no means have been referred to as into query after the seventh minute.
Atalanta midfielder Remo Freuler joked in his untimely press convention that Metropolis is so good that it "passes by means of her ear gap", and though Bernardo was not precisely so, he nonetheless opened the protection for Jesus to slide in Sterling's manner. Sterling didn’t miss today and Metropolis followers excessive behind Ederson's objective had been already celebrating earlier than the ball was casually was the nook with the wingman's proper shoe. That's 18 out of 20 video games for membership and nation this season and 5 already within the Champions League.
The Italians can be uninterested in seeing him after his hat-trick in Manchester.
Earlier than the match, Guardiola stated he felt that his groups had a dedication to leisure. Sterling was on the coronary heart of it within the first half – as within the final 18 months – however will probably be fascinating to see if Guardiola is following the identical strategy in opposition to Liverpool.
Metropolis has not gained in Anfield for 16 years, and the merseyside conflict final season was a cautious 0-Zero draw. Guardiola has already insisted that Metropolis won’t win on Sunday in the event that they wish to win a 3rd consecutive title, however they can’t afford to lose.
Liverpool has not misplaced a league recreation since shedding in Etihad in January. A lead of 9 factors for Jürgen Klopp can be a transparent benefit, even when it is just November.
A group from the town that was attacked on Sunday creates probabilities, nevertheless it's the opposite finish of the sector that offers Headiola a headache. Fernandinho has hardly made a mistake since kicking in in central protection Sadio Mane. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – quick and filled with vitality – is a really particular problem.
Fernandinho has the tactical intelligence to know usually the place he needs to be, however even that's not very useful when three crimson shirts run in direction of you. At 34, the Brazilian is just not the quickest and needed to settle for a reserving for barging Hans Hateboer when the Atalanta man threatened to drive by. The area Alejandro Gomez discovered on the left to cross Mario Pasalic Being within the equalizer for 49 minutes won’t go unnoticed Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson, both.
"We weren’t so good within the second half," stated Guardiola. "We began to get drained, however we thank Atalanta."
With two extra probabilities within the second spherical, Metropolis won’t must remorse a disappointing, disconnected second half at San Siro. The identical can have far higher penalties on Sunday in Anfield.