“The pattern of conceding goals has continued”


Rodrygo scores for Real Madrid against Manchester City

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Former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is “frustrated” with the way his team played in a 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions quarter-final first leg on Tuesday League conceded three goals.

“Guardiola is a perfectionist,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.

“It's brilliant but hard to watch when City are stalling and killing games and exerting total control – when it's so slow and they're wearing teams down.”

“The trend of conceding goals has continued, so I'm sure they will look at that, trying to tighten up a bit and have more control of the ball in the second leg.”

City were without several key players at the Bernabeu – notably Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker – and Brown believes Guardiola's side will be a different team when they return to Manchester next week.

“With the team changes, injuries and other absences, there was probably one change too many to ruin the game,” he added. “They usually deal with situations like this much better.”

“Coming back to the Etihad we got a draw away from home – it was always positive to play second there. City should go into this game much stronger with their team selection, but you can't write off Real Madrid. That's why they have these players.

“Phil Foden stepped into the corner with an absolute world-class player. His season just keeps getting better.”

“It looked like City could just get away with it, but against these teams you get carried away at your peril. An absolute classic, and that’s how you see football.”

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