Champions League

Man City 1-0 Atletico Madrid, UCL Q/F 1st leg: 3 talking points from the game

Arjun Singh Devgan
De Bruyne scored the winner
De Bruyne scored the winner / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Manchester City will take a 1-0 lead into their Champions League quarter-final second leg after grinding out a narrow win over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game, but most credit goes to substitute Phil Foden who made the decisive impact by creating that winner moments after coming on.

Here, we take a look at the talking points from the game.

1. De Bruyne once again came to City's rescue

Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City v Atlético Madrid Quarter Final Leg One - UEFA Champions League / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Kevin De Bruyne is without doubt the best midfielder in the world at the moment and the Belgian once again proved why he is so important to City as he scored the winner for them in the 70th minute.

He was Involved in most of what City did on the night, with the midfielder now scoring 13 goals so far this season.

2. Simeone's tactics failed to pay off

Diego Simeone
Manchester City v AtlÈtico Madrid Quarter Final Leg One - UEFA Champions League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Diego Simeone is not known to attack, instead asking his players to fight on the field and remain with a defensive mindset. It was clearly seen on the night as Atletico had only 29 percent in possession, but what it resulted in was that his side had zero shots on goal.

Simeone was left frustrated post the game and that he refused to shake Pep Guardiola's hand at death, which showed how annoyed he was at his team's performance.

3. City have been dominant at the Etihad

Angel Correa, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Josep Guardiola
Manchester City v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

The win on the night meant that City are now unbeaten in their last 19 games at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League, since losing three successive games at the stadium in 2018.

It's the second longest home unbeaten run by an English side in the competition, only behind Chelsea.