The two men sitting in the dugout have very different playing styles, which is one of the reasons why tonight’s game is such a fascinating proposition. Guardiola is the ultimate theorist; in fact, he has frequently been charged with “overthinking” his strategies during the final stages of the Champions League.
While Ancelotti allows his players greater personal flexibility and frequently bases his formation decisions more on their unique abilities than on any overarching ideology. Who will win out in the end. Given that Modric, Kroos, and company have yet to lose their uniforms in the biggest matches, despite the amount of youthful talent at the Italian’s disposal, it is not surprising to see many recognisable names in the Madrid starting lineup.
Erling Haaland has scored twice as many goals in the Champions League this season (12), compared to Vinicius Junior’s (6) total for Real Madrid. Many people believe that Guadiola’s team will travel all the way to Istanbul and win that illustrious trophy because of the Norwegian, but they must first deal with the current holders.
The two German national team colleagues’ altercation is becoming rather stop-and-start, although it appeared to be little more than a typical football collision. In order to allow Gundogan to receive medical attention from the physios, the referee eventually blows up.
After a late challenge brings down the Man City winger as he breaks and cuts inside from the left around the halfway line, the Madrid defender only receives a warning from Artur Dias.
Vini jr, what a goal
An incredible player pic.twitter.com/8jtI7yglRz
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