Manchester: Vincent Kompany hopes Real Madrid feel uneasy after being held to a goalless draw by Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Man City’s Vincent Kompany (top) clatters into Real Madrid’s Casemiro during the Champions League semis first-leg match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Joe Hart made two crucial late saves as City survived a late onslaught from the Spanish giants. It leaves the tie delicately poised ahead of next week’s return at the Bernabeu.
Kompany thinks Los Blancos’ failure to score in the away leg could swing the tie in Citys favour. The City captain said: “There are about a million more disappointing results and 0-0, if it was an away game for me, I would not feel comfortable.
Good away record
“We have a really good away record in the Champions League. We are still an offensive team and we are always looking to score goals. I wouldn’t expect us not to score for 180 minutes. If we don’t manage to score a goal what claims can we make for going to the final? So I expect us to score a goal, and if we do the game is going to be really interesting.”
There was drama before kick-off at Eastlands as Ronaldo did not make the visitors’ teamsheet. Real withdrew the ineffective Karim Benzema, who had also been a fitness doubt, at half-time and finally began to exert pressure late in the game. “I think both teams had a game plan. I didn’t expect to see both teams over-commit in the first half of this tie and that is basically what happened. There were only two strikers on the pitch.
“They were defending really well and we had to defend really well. I think Real Madrid were well-organised and disciplined, probably playing as they have done in the big games this season, but we matched them in that sense.”
One negative for City was the loss of playmaker David Silva late in the first half with a hamstring injury. The club is waiting to learn the full extent of the problem, but manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he must be doubtful for the second leg.
The clash at the Bernabeu is a tantalising prospect for City, but they must first get through their EPL game at Southampton on Sunday.
— PA Sport