Man City BLASTED by L'Equipe ratings after Real Madrid meltdown

Man City are blasted by L’Equipe after their meltdown against Real Madrid, with ‘transparent’ Kevin de Bruyne given a 3/10 rating and Pep Guardiola marked 4/10 for his team’s ‘lack of serenity and control’… while Bernabeu hero Rodrygo receives an 8/10

  • Man City collapsed late on in their Champions League semi-final vs Real Madrid
  • Pep Guardiola’s men led by two goals on aggregate heading into the final minute
  • Rodrygo came off the bench and scored twice in two minutes to force extra-time
  • Karim Benzema then went on to net the winner for Madrid from the penalty spot
  • City players were savaged in L’Equipe’s notorious ratings after their meltdown
  • Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus were scored 3/10 with Guardiola rated 4/10 

Manchester City let a second consecutive Champions League final appearance slip through their fingers in catastrophic fashion away at Real Madrid – meaning Pep Guardiola and his players were ripped apart in L’Equipe’s notorious ratings.

The Premier League champions led by two goals on aggregate heading into the final minute of Wednesday’s semi-final second leg, having extended their lead when Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring with 17 minutes remaining at the Bernabeu.

However, in one of the most remarkable European comebacks for many a year, Madrid substitute Rodrygo scored twice in the space of two sensational minutes to send the tie to extra-time.

Manchester City were blasted by L’Equipe after their dramatic late defeat away at Real Madrid

And just five minutes into that extra period, Karim Benzema tucked away the winner from the penalty spot when Ruben Dias brought him down inside the box.

It was a disastrous late collapse from City, who were on the verge of setting up an all-English final against Liverpool in Paris later this month.

Guardiola and Co were blasted by L’Equipe in their post-match ratings, with the City boss rated 4/10 after his side lost ‘serenity and control’ late on.

Kevin De Bruyne received an even more brutal rating of 3/10 for his ‘transparent’ performance on the night, being accused of ‘missing’ the match and playing ‘without influence’.

Madrid produced a stunning late turnaround to progress to the Champions League final

After Rodrygo’s double forced extra-time, Karim Benzema scored the winner from the spot

City were savaged by L’Equipe’s ratings, with boss Pep Guardiola given a score of just 4/10

The French publication were also critical of Dias, giving the Portuguese defender a 4/10 for ‘a lack of serenity in the Madrid storm’, which resulted in him conceding the fatal penalty.

Gabriel Jesus was another 3/10 for City, earning a brutally low score after generally failing to trouble Madrid’s back-line throughout the second leg. 

While City were torn to shreds, L’Equipe heaped praise on a number of Los Blancos stars for their incredible late turnaround at the Bernabeu. 

Rodrygo, whose double off the bench brought Carlo Ancelotti’s men back from the dead, received an 8/10 rating for his last-gasp heroics, while Dani Carvajal was scored the same for an impressive display.

On Carvajal, they wrote: ‘Commitment and aggressiveness at all times. He was never faulted defensively and cleared several hot balls. His attacking contribution and the quality of his crosses, including the one that allowed Real to snatch the extension, were also decisive.’

Kevin De Bruyne received a 3/10 rating on the night and was described as being ‘transparent’

Madrid hero Rodrygo was given an 8/10 after inspiring their late comeback at the Bernabeu

Not all Madrid men were commended, nevertheless, as Luka Modric was marked 4/10 for a rare disappointing performance.

But the same could not be said for Ancelotti, who was rated 7/10 because ‘his tactical changes with the entry into play of Rodrygo and [Eduardo] Camavinga above all tipped the match.’

Benzema, Casemiro, Nacho Fernandez and Thibaut Courtois also received 7/10 ratings on a famous night for Real Madrid. 

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