Rio Ferdinand makes Man City claim after Champions League win over Real Madrid

Manchester City thoroughly deserved their comeback win over Real Madrid on Wednesday, says Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand. City came from a goal down to beat Real 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Bernabeu. Isco gave Real the lead but goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne turned the game on its head in the Spanish capital.

Real also saw captain Sergio Ramos sent off for the 26th time in his illustrious career.

City will now be favourites heading into the second leg at the Etihad next month and Ferdinand heaped praise on his former on-pitch rivals.

“Huge result,” he said on BT Sport.

“Again, going behind in a stadium like this, with experience on the opposition team that they have, multiple Champions League winners on their team, they come back, they win the game and deservedly so.

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“We could have called into question the tactics of Pep [Guardiola] by playing [Kevin] De Bruyne and [Bernardo] Silva up top as false No 9s.

“It came to fruition, all the players stepped up and performed.

“The only downer on the performance today or the game today is probably [Aymeric] Laporte’s injury.

“We’ll have to see what that comes out like that. But the performance today, what they came out like, fully deserved the win.”

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Real have now failed to win in their last three matches in all competitions but former England striker Peter Crouch says it is still an achievement for City to win at the home of Los Blancos.

“Yeah they are struggling, it’s not the Real Madrid we’ve seen in recent years,” Crouch said.

“But having said that you’re still going to the Bernabeu, you’re still playing Real Madrid, they’re still top quality players on show.

“So a fantastic result and performance in the end from Manchester City.


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“It was a real game, I think Real Madrid had their chances as well, but on the balance of play I felt City deserved it.”

City boss Guardiola was questioned over his team selection for the match but former Sky Blues defender Micah Richards says the Spaniard was vindicated with his starting XI.

“This was a masterclass,” Richards said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“So many times people question Pep – to not start David Silva, [Raheem] Sterling, [Sergio] Aguero, Fernandinho – he deserves massive credit.

“Tonight he showed that if he’s not the best in the world, he is one of the top three.”

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