The morning after the night before
- 19 September 2012 08:42
- Posted by Mark Booth
Unsurprisingly, City’s rollercoaster night in Madrid dominates the back pages across the continent this morning.
"We led 1-0 and then 2-1, then we gave away these two goals at the end,” said the scorer of City’s first goal.
"This shouldn't have happened because if you want to win big trophies you shouldn't lose this game.
"I hope we can get stronger because it was almost like we had not enough experience."
"We were 2-1 and in three or four minutes we gave away two goals. It was too easy... too easy."
Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail hailed a “mad, sad end to the night” in Madrid, describing City’s defeat as “mind blowing”.
“That the score remained level at the interval was some achievement, but it was one that owed much to the brilliance and bravery of Joe Hart and some fine defensive football from Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic,” writes Lawton.
Michael Cox of ZonalMarking.net admitted his surprise at so many goals in a game he expected to be a tight, tactical battle.
“Aleksandar Kolarov's introduction for the injured Samir Nasri changed City's shape, giving City more width down the left,” Cox writes in his Guardian column.
“By the second half they were playing a hybrid system, a cross between their starting 4–5–1 and a 3–5–1–1, with Maicon and Kolarov giving width on either side, and Gaël Clichy playing as part-full-back, part-centre-back.
“Mancini's decision to introduce Edin Dzeko for Silva worked almost immediately – Real no longer had a spare man in defence, and Pepe found himself dragged out of position by Tevez for Dzeko's goal.”
Mourinho also praised the match as a spectacle in an interview with Sky Sports.
“It was a good match not just for the people that love football but also the people that study football because it was a complete match - it was a match with a big history,” said the Real Madrid boss.
“To use boxing terminology, the Ivorian put ‘manners’ on Real with some storming box-to-box runs, including the one that led to Dzeko’s strike.
"Never daunted – even in these surroundings - and could have scored himself – 8”
Finally, it wouldn’t be right to log a round-up of stories from the day’s media without mentioning the untimely passing of Brian Woolnough, one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists.
Brian was a visitor to the Etihad Stadium on many occasions and will be sorely missed by all who came into contact with him. His forthright qualities as a Chief Sports Writer for the Daily Star and as a presenter of Sky’s Hold the Back Page and the Sunday Supplement made him one of the most prominent and balanced voices in his field.
All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.