Here is Haaland, who fell deep to pick up the ball and was thrown to the ground by Rüdiger. Rudiger, for whatever reason, slipped his head into the bend of Harland’s elbow, effectively agreeing to put him in a headlock, and (presumably) smirking in an accidental tribute to Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”
Most judges would have scored a split decision by the end, with Haaland not scoring a rarity this season and actually having only a few spectacles of goals. However, his presence was central in creating the space leading to City’s Kevin De Bruyne’s equalizer.
And that probably won’t offend either coach. Despite the philosophical differences, what struck me about this game was how much each team recognized the other’s strengths and ability to deal damage. is whether there is That may have been, more than anything else, the lasting lesson of their matchup in the semifinals last season. City are aware that a team can do as well as they want and lose against Madrid.
Home territory Real have been so reluctant at times that they have tested the patience of their fans. After all, the Bernabeu is not used to its visitors having the rudeness to hold the ball for too long. There was a point midway through the first half when City’s passes began to undermine the dignity of the crowd.What started as whistling slowly but surely turned into mockery.
But for Ancelotti, it was a price worth paying. Tactically and strategically, it made sense for Real to dig, sit deep, ambushes and pick the moment. A few minutes later, his approach paid off. Eduardo Camavinga has played a very important hybrid fullback/midfielder role these days, finding gaps and exploiting them to open up and find Vinicius Junior in plenty of space to pass Ederson. I was.