it was a curiosity Manchester City studded screen with loose marking and concentration. Pep Guardiola’s side ended with their 18th unbeaten group match, 14 of which resulted in wins, but he will certainly scold their accusations for the ridiculous fees they’ve generated.
With Paris Saint-German next, City can’t afford a repeat against Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and others who will definitely watch the movie of this and smell blood. Guardiola’s men were able to react whenever they made concessions, but they would certainly find it more deceptive to the aristocrats of Mauricio Pochettino.
Still, PSG were only able to draw at Club Brugge, so last season’s losing finalists took on Group A by two points: This could happen if a team is slightly below average, but when the only person they added for the summer is the £100m Jack Grealish. tackling a lofty goal and assist.
“Leipzig never give up,” said Guardiola. “They play all or nothing. You never felt it was over. A few minutes after they scored, we scored. [a few times] and it helped us a lot.”
From a matchday squad that missed out on the ineligible John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, Guardiola’s defending duo Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias became again striker Ferran Torres and conductor Kevin De Bruyne after returning from injury.
The first raid had De Bruyne and Torres tied together before the former’s cross was summoned by Peter Gulacsi. Here the Spaniard matched the Belgian’s pace of thought with a comeback pass that surprised De Bruyne and bodes well for City. So was Grealish’s opening contribution. Champions League socialite, inversion Torres oozing cunning. It was race number 21 before it was marked offside.
Leipzig was already in a wrestling for good ball and zone. As City took the lead, a balloon shot from Dani Olmo was the best they could do. This was the harbinger of a Riyad Mahrez ball floating from the right.
The corner was cleared by Nordi Mukiele and Grealish pinged and Aké advanced to beat the two defenders and Gulacsi with a powerful header.
Guardiola limited his celebration to a soft punch, but a lead in 20 minutes would be welcome. Likewise, once again the hunger to dash forward, Mahrez positioned to pull the trigger, this time in a convoluted effort spread over a wide area.
Grealish’s later contributions were corner kick Mary and foul by the already frustrated Christopher Nkunku. Emotion was about to permeate all of Leipzig when an unlucky Mukiele swung De Bruyne’s delivery over the Gulacsi into the second lap of City.
To characterize it lightly: it was the last thing the Germans needed, and a serious offensive seemed possible. Only one element that is often scarce under Guardiola could allow them to return to the competition – the homeowners’ peace of mind.
Surprisingly, that was exactly it. As the Break approached Olmo was allowed to pass to the left, Emil Forsberg cleared the middle, returning to Mukiele Nkunku and defeating Ederson.
However, City finished the half almost completely under control. Torres’ header hit Lukas Klostermann’s upper arm and the referee awarded the penalty after VAR told Serdar Gözübuyuk to consult the monitor. Mahrez took a 3-1 lead and the visitors came back as distant contenders to take everything home.
In the second half, as Torres collapsed as he made a career on the field, the goalkeeper finally managed to regain his balance and save a weak shot. Torres would soon regret it, as Nkunku had a second in the 50th minute: De Bruyne tripped over Gozubuyuk as he tried to make an interception, allowing Olmo to chip in between Dias and Aké very easily, allowing Nkunku to score.
It was an alarming defense and led Jesse Marsch to believe his side could truly improve. Who can blame him? City had accepted two loose endings, and there was a smell of sadness.
But Grealish had another idea, and it was to show why its price was seven figures. After picking up on the left, the shoulder slouch that makes Tyler Adams look like a statue is before the wide man accelerates and curls sweetly to make a 4-2. “When I was in that position, when I ran into the area, I would pull myself back against everyone going and it paid off,” he said.
Still, Guardiola’s emotion was high when he confronted Mahrez with a pure joke that the Algerian had no choice but to accept.
City also had to swallow Nkunku with a hat-trick, hitting Yussuf Poulsen’s pass to leave Guardiola hopeless. Still, this ding-dong show hit an eighth after two minutes, with João Cancelo’s casualty making the situation 5-3.
On an eventful evening, this parish once moved to Angeliño and received a second yellow so Leipzig became a gamer light. And finally, his replacement Gabriel Jesus emphasized the margin.
“The quality of the players was better today and that’s why we won,” said Guardiola, the 300th game for which he was responsible.