Ex-manager 'can't believe' what he saw from Man City stars v Real Madrid
Alex McLeish has slammed the “body language” of the Man City players during the final minutes of regular time in Wednesday’s defeat to Real Madrid.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager admitted he “couldn’t believe” what he saw from Pep Guardiola’s men as they allowed Real to rally.
Two Rodrygo goals in the 90th and 91st minute took the Champions League semi-final tie to extra time.
A Karim Benzema penalty five minutes after the restart condemned City to defeat.
McLeish insisted there were “loads of things” the City players could have done better in terms of their “game management”.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The last three minutes, it reminds me of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. There was a video back in the day when they beat Bayern Munich and it was called ‘The Last Three Minutes’.
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“On that night Bayern didn’t manage the lead they had until the end. Last night, City didn’t manage it.
“You would think that they have the experience and the knowledge not to do the wrong things in the last few minutes. I still can’t believe what I saw last night.
“I can’t believe it. They looked more vulnerable, their body language, they looked more vulnerable.
“You never saw that dominating factor City often have when they get to that stage of a game and they shut it out. They never shut it out. That’s what I mean about game management.
“There are loads of things. Defenders should have been more vigilant but not only defenders. Pep absolutely demands the whole team do track back and do the work.
“They’re not just there to be centre-forwards or wingers. They’re there to track back people and stop things. Maybe a professional foul in the middle of a move would have made the difference.
“When you see the goals Real Madrid scored, you’d definitely think they were avoidable.”