Manchester City in big problem that could lead to drop of points as Arsenal aims to win the League

Manchester City hit with new problems after 1-1 draw at Real Madrid that could lead to 2-3 points lost on the EPL log as Happy Mikel Arteta aims to win the League.

Real Madrid 1-1 Man City: Kevin De Bruyne and Vinicius Jr score wonder goals to leave the tie finely poised heading to second leg.

Kevin De Bruyne powered home a rasping low shot from distance in a game of two wonder goals to earn Manchester City a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid and leave their Champions League semi-final finely poised after the first leg.

City dominated the match in the early stages but it was Real who took the lead as Vinicius Jr netted a brilliant strike from the edge of the area that flew like an exocet into the top-right corner with his side’s first shot on target in the 36th minute.

The hosts got back on top in the second half and took control, but it was City who scored next after they won the ball high up the pitch and it was worked to De Bruyne who rifled a shot into the net to the goalkeeper’s right.

The result leaves the tie in the balance heading into next Wednesday’s second leg in Manchester, where both teams will fancy their chances of emerging victorious.

Manchester City put in all their energy at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight to salvage a 1-1 draw against the competition’s defending champions in a game that could have gone either way.

With that out of the way, how does this affect Arsenal and their bid to win the Champions League?

Firstly, Manchester City played in very hot weather at the Bernabeu, which will definitely take a toll on the players as the time required to rest before their weekend game may not be enough for the key players to recover to 100% before they take on Everton at Goodison Park.

Secondly, Pep Guardiola used all of his best key players at the Bernabeu, and most of them played the entirety of the game, which will put them in a bit of a fatigued situation with dead legs before the weekend.

Thirdly, Pep would love to rotate his squad at the weekend so as to keep his key players refreshed and fit for the all-important second leg at the Etihad against Madrid next Wednesday.

The Citizens’ opponents at the weekend are a fearless Everton side that will give everything to at least salvage a draw against the Premier League defending champions.

Sean Dyche and his boys are fresh from a brilliant 5-1 win at Brighton on Monday afternoon, which will give the Merseyside team more confidence heading into their home game at the weekend.

Recall that Everton got a vital point at the Etihad when both teams first met this season, and they are sure to replicate the same thing or even surprise the world by beating this super Manchester City side.

An upset for City, be it a draw or loss, will see Arsenal go top of the league table should they beat Brighton at the Emirates Stadium, which is very feasible as the Gunners seem to have recovered and gotten back to winning ways after bottling four games in a row to blow the EPL title race wide open.

All of these contribute massively to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s quest to win their first Premier League title in 19 years.

 

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