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The showdown with Man City is not a title decider, emphasizes Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp

An 11th straight league win would put the Reds two points clear of their rivals. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists a win over Manchester City will not guarantee them success in the Premier League, despite Sunday's meeting being billed as a title decider. His side will arrive at Etihad Stadium knowing that an 11th straight league win would put them two points clear of their rivals, a small but significant advantage at this stage of the season. But with no room for maneuver or the slightest mistake, Klopp knows the race is far from over, especially as his side have the tougher-looking run-in with games against Everton and Manchester United due before the end of the month. The morale-boosting 3-1 win in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Benfica has allowed them to set foot in the Champions League semi-finals. That means they take the short journey up the M62 with confidence as they attempt to claim their first league win at the Etihad since 2015, despite winning once in a European tie there since. "If we win against City, which is difficult enough, because of the quality of the opponent, I don't think anyone would think, 'that's it, decided'," said Klopp. “Everyone knows the importance of the next game but after that game there will be another game in a different competition but also in the Premier League. Liverpool's bid for an unprecedented - but still unlikely - quadruple win remains on course as, having clinched the Carabao Cup back in February, they edged closer to a round of 16 in Europe with either Bayern Munich or Villarreal. After a 2-0 lead by Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane, a few missed chances and Darwin Nunez's goal just after half-time, it was a reminder that even with a good run, the mood can change quickly. Former Porto winger Luis Diaz's 87th-minute goal restored the two-goal cushion, but Klopp isn't taking anything for granted in this tie or in future games. "We're in the quarter-finals, semi-finals (of the FA Cup) and the further you get in the competitions the harder it gets," he added. “The Chelsea (League Cup) final was incredibly intense and that’s how all games will be from now on. "Since the end of December it was clear that if we wanted to achieve something, we had better win all our games. We probably don't really know that, so we're taking it game by game. One minor concern, although Klopp is unlikely to admit it publicly, is Mohamed Salah's form. He has not looked the same player since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations as runners-up and he has not scored from open play since 19 February, with the last of his three consecutive goals coming from the penalty spot on 12 March became. Speculation over his contract impasse continues as he searches for a lucrative new deal to replace the contract that expires next summer and Klopp, who has been asking questions weekly about the situation, admits it's not helping. The Egypt international was substituted midway through the second half after missing a number of chances but his manager insists he is not yet at the stage where he needs to offer moral support to the 28-goal striker. I didn't do anything differently than usual," Klopp said of the way he treated Salah when he was substituted. “In this situation everyone wants to score. With all the stories surrounding him, it's clear at the moment that Mo also wants to score. "It's a tough time for Mo and Sadio. It was an important game (in Lisbon) for Mo and Sadio. You could score, you couldn't.

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Manchester City 1-0 Atlético Madrid LIVE! Champions league result, match stream and latest updates today

Manchester City vs. Atletico Madrid Latest News TOR! De Bruyne scores after a nice pass from Foden. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityManchester City have a slim lead from the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals after Kevin De Bruyne's 70th-minute goal gave them a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. It was a result City had to seek out against an Atletico side who had clearly traveled to England to simply deny Pep Guardiola's side chances. Diego Simeone's side had frustrated City in the first half with their deep defense and reliance on only the occasional counterattack to threaten the hosts. The Premier League champions were unable to convert their absolute possession dominance into clear chances, and Aymeric Laporte had one of the best chances after the break, but the defender's header from a corner went wide. City kept their form and moved the ball well, but it took substitute Phil Foden to come on for the home side to find the missing ingredient. Foden, brought on from the bench with Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus, drew three defenders in his path before splitting the Spanish defense with a perfectly weighted pass to De Bruyne, who slipped past keeper Jan Oblak with a lateral foot. Job done for Man City who are set to take a narrow lead for next week's second leg. De Bruyne scores after a nice pass from Foden. Atletico showed very little ambition all evening and a 1-0 loss is as good as it could have been for them. Both sides seem ready for this game to end. 89 mins: Grealish gets kicked every time he gets the ball - that seems to be the focus of the Atletico players in the closing minutes. He's cut by Correa, checked by Vrsaljko... and the referee gives Atletico a free kick! 86 mins: De Bruyne could have had a ton of goals tonight. He is allowed to drive forward again, but drills the shot over the bar. 85 minutes: Jesus now into the book as frustration grows on both sides. He will now leave the second leg. De Bruyne is over to try to reassure his teammate - City don't have to get involved. 83 mins: Correa smacks the ball in Grealish's face while it's on the ground, causing a bit of chaos right in the technical areas. Grealish stands up to confront Correa and is quickly pushed away by his manager! Atlético cannot live with Foden. His feet are far too good for Kondogbia and Reinildo before pinning him in the box. Silva then puts it back to De Bruyne... Great chance for the Belgian to get his second. Another change from Simeone. 79 mins: City are now slowing things down, content to just play the ball around their backs. Atletico haven't changed their approach at all since falling behind. Looks like they'll be content to take a close deficit to Madrid. 76 minutes: Rodri thinks he has won the ball back, but Kondogbia rolls around on the ground and the referee finally awards a free kick. 72 mins: Interesting to see what City are doing now. Are they just trying to keep that lead, or are they taking the initiative and really pushing for a second? Foden picks it up, drawing three defenders and shoving a perfect pass to De Bruyne. He can run on it and pass Oblak the first time... Rodrigo De Paul punched the winger squarely in the back on his first touch and the Atletico man received the first yellow card of the game. Grealish, Foden and Jesus were all introduced. Sterling, Gundogan and Mahrez, the three must move. 67 mins: Huge appeals for a City penalty, the crowd clamoring for it but once again the referee is uninterested. De Bruyne shoves the pass to Sterling, who is blocked by Reinildo. 65 mins: Five Atletico players in that attack... they're starting to get a bit of control of the game. Lodi cuts it back but it's behind Felix and Correa in the box. However, City is giving it away almost immediately. This could be the first phase of the game where the Spaniards hold the ball for more than 30 seconds. 63 minutes: That was a mismatch. Cancelo chips a ball forward, Felipe shoves Sterling out of the way and heads it away. Great performance, Laporte wins the header and should really get it home. 60 minutes: The cavalry has arrived. Koke, Griezmann and Llorente out, Rodrigo, Correa and Cunha on. That's two in midfield, only Kondogbia remains now. That doesn't make it easier for City. 58 mins: Looks like Simeone is planning three subs bringing some fresh legs. Before that, Cancelo drifts past Griezmann and puts a cross up to the far post. 55 mins: Four in the wall, Koke is behind them. De Bruyne goes to the keeper's side... Oblak fumbles and kicks him away as he does. 54 minutes: Reinildo lunges at Mahrez - gets some ball but more from the man. Free kick City in a decent position but it's a long way for a shot. De Bruyne, Mahrez and Cancelo are above it. Free-kick again, but this time in a much better position. 51 mins: May speak early but Atletico are looking a little more adventurous. Maybe a 5-4-1 with Griezmann a little further ahead. De Bruyne wins a corner for City, which is again taken briefly. And again the home side completely squander it and let Atletico come to the break. Griezmann has Llorente with him this time, he gets the shot away but he goes straight for Ederson. Visitors should continue to give City corners! 48 min: That's a promising start to the half - we deserved that after the first 45 minutes. Gündogan thinks he is free in the penalty area, the shot is easily deflected and narrowly misses the far post. corner town corner town They make a mess of it and suddenly Griezmann breaks out. Gundogan is the last man standing and easily pulls him back, but doesn't want to do it all the way. But the Frenchman doesn't have the necessary speed, looks for the pass and it flies out of the game. 46 minutes: Ederson has something to do! The ball is overplayed, Llorente is offside for about five miles, but it continues. The Atletico man nudges Ederson straight when he should have scored. City had 73% possession, six shots but none on target. Atletico has meanwhile made a maximum of two counterattacks, both of which have brought nothing. City are frustrated in the Champions League... No stoppage time, the ball is very rarely out of bounds and that's half time. Goalless at the break - City were unable to prevail against an incredibly solid Atletico side. The home side pretty much had all the ball but didn't really have much of a chance to show that. 43 mins: More City goes from side to side, Atletico like to let them out from 40 yards. Stones takes it forward, goes miles away. Skies it over the bar and Atletico can kill another minute as half-time fast approaches. 41 mins: Heavy contact in the penalty area by De Bruyne, who then falls to the ground as Felipe and Reinildo run towards him. I don't get a penalty for that. The referee already warns Atletico how long they take goal kicks and throw-ins. 39 mins: Cancelo tries the one-two with De Bruyne… one is fine but the two come straight back to where Cancelo was. They have it back quickly though, with De Bruyne drifting out wide to the right. Cross low and go straight to Oblak. 37 mins: Frustrations begin to grow in the stands. Guardiola senses this and encourages his team when Rodri passes the ball straight out of play. Atletico haven't had a shot yet or even close, but they won't care. 34 min: Rodri hits the goal from a distance, but Felipe blocks. Atletico will be happy if City continues to shoot from 25 meters. Felix holds the ball up, brilliantly turns De Bruyne around and pulls the foul. Simeone certainly didn't impress with the decision right in front of him. 31 minutes: City has to resort to whipping balls into the box. Don't see the 5-5-0 formation too often, but it works for Atletico when they don't have possession! 28 mins: Mahrez tries to shove a pass to De Bruyne but Reinildo slides in to intercept. Kondogbia puts it forward for the visitors but again no one to get past and he's surrounded by City shirts. The home team is coming back... 26 minutes: It's pretty much two rows of five from Atletico. City no place to work at all. Cancelo tries to slice a cross into the box where Sterling ran at the back post but it goes away easily. 23 min: Atletico have the first break of the game, Felix drives forward on the left. Only Griezmann in the penalty area for him... Felix has to hit five City shirts before joining his teammate. 22 mins: De Bruyne's pass takes off a defender and it's another City corner. Mahrez takes it short, swinging towards Gundogan, who is trying his luck from a distance. 20 mins: Nice cross from Cancelo, Mahrez not far from being dead. Stadt dominates possession and has a hard time getting through the crowd of Atletico kits. Oblak kicks it right out, Guardiola yells at a ball boy to quickly get his side up and running again. 17 mins: Atletico aren't doing nearly enough when they regain the ball. City swarm them at every opportunity, this time Llorente passes it straight to Ake. Guardiola's side have been really impressive so far. 14 mins: Great run from Sterling, drifts past challenges. He then goes down onto the edge of the box... Silva picks him up and goes down herself as Koke pressures him. City has a corner as a consolation. This time Stones climbs up the post, but again the header dribbles wide. 12 mins: The defense is becoming increasingly desperate from Atletico. A couple of dangerous crosses are partially cleared but one falls into the box for De Bruyne. He has time to bring the ball down and clear the shot, which is deflected to the corner. Swinging in deep, Laporte lands well but can't quite direct the header and falls wide. 9': Cancelo has a lot of space from 25 yards out, probably taking the wrong option as he goes on target from 25 yards. But it works almost perfectly, as it is deflected and turns into a great cross. Gundogan was about to reach the end in the box. 7 mins: Persistent ban on city holdings - could be a sentence worth copying and pasting. Kondogbia then goes in on Cancelo a little late and sends the right-back jumping in the air. Free kick City and the central defenders. 4 mins: Griezmann throws a ball over the top and it's a straight-foot race between Llorente and Ake. City Man comes in and slides the ball behind them to the corner. given a free kick. Llorente just gave Ake a little nudge in the back. 1 min: Some clues as to City's form - it's Stones and Laporte in the middle with Ake at left-back. It looks like Silva will be the wrong nine, while De Bruyne is a little lower in midfield. Start of two big weeks for Man City - important, they start on a positive note. Players are in the tunnel, it's very soon time to make this huge match work! Guardiola has opted not to name 12 players tonight, he joked at his press conference. Eight teams in the Champions League and City are favorites for the cup, just ahead of Liverpool. Atletico Madrid one of the underdogs - that would certainly change with a win tonight. Diego Simeone has praised Man City ahead of this game, warning his side they must do better than they did in the round of 16 win over Man United all over the pitch. “What I like most about teams like City is the strength and effort they put into winning back the ball and continuing to attack. [Raheem] Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, they're always active, they're always running. You never let a ball get lost. “City have exceptional players. They've got better players than us, I'm sure of that.” So Stones is coming back for City. Unsure of where he will play from this line-up - could well be at right back if it's Ake and Laporte in centre, but Stones could also work Laporte with Ake at left-back. Likewise, I had to guess who will be the false nine for City. You would imagine either Silva or De Bruyne. For Atletico, Griezmann and Felix get the nods forward while Suarez has to settle for a place on the bench. Lemar is also among the options waiting to be substituted on if needed. Pep Guardiola has hit back at criticism of Diego Simeone's style of play ahead of Manchester City's Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid. While Guardiola is known for his slow and patient build-up game, Simeone has forged Atletico to a more rigorous, more artisanal approach. However, the City boss believes Atletico have more to offer and has claimed he 'never judges' other teams' tactics after some coaches have criticized Los Rojiblancos on previous occasions. "Having seen Atletico, there is a misunderstanding about how [Simeone] plays," he told reporters. Everyone tries to win the game. This is a truly fascinating duel between two coaches who often have very different ideas about how to play the game. Simeone's style could dampen City but the English champions should have enough to secure a lead in the first leg. Simeone has an almost full Atletico squad to choose from, with Hector Herrera the biggest doubt after missing out on the Alaves win. Joao Felix shrugged off a blow and scored a brace in Madrid, while Matheus Cunha, Daniel Wass, Thomas Lemar and Sime Vrsaljko all returned to the squad from injuries. Kyle Walker is serving the final game of his Champions League suspension for City while Guardiola is also without Ruben Dias (hamstring) and Cole Palmer (foot) tonight. The Man City boss joked he would name 12 players tonight in response to a question on whether he had thought about Champions League ties in the past. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League! It's the first leg of the Champions League and Pep Guardiola's side will look to make the most of home advantage two crucial weeks into their season. Ahead of kick-off, which is at 20:00 BST, we have the latest updates and team news.

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Champions League result, final standings and reaction to De Bruyne winner

Manchester City 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Follow all the action as Pep Guardiola's side take a lead over Diego Simeone's LaLiga champions in the quarter-final first leg (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueThe Champions League returned on Tuesday night and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City finally crushed Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. After City were frustrated by the visitors for much of the game, City finally broke through in the 70th minute when Phil Foden brought on Kevin De Bruyne, who expertly finished off Jan Oblak and gave them an opener for next week's second leg at the Wanda Metropolitan . Both Guardiola and his opponent Diego Simeone suffered heartaches in the final of this competition with their current clubs but City remain favorites at distance this time - albeit proving to be a big test for the Cityzens in the last eight. The winners of this clash meet either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals after last month's draw. Follow all the reactions as Man City beat Atletico Madrid below: 70' - De Bruyn finally puts City ahead after Foden passed (1-0) *HALFTIME! City dominate possession but fail to break Atletico defense (0-0) Manchester City go into the second leg in Spain with a deserved 1-0 lead. Kevin de Bruyne broke through in the 70th minute after a great game from substitute Phil Foden. Atletico have to show a lot more forward if they want to reach the semifinals. 90+2 minutes: Vrsaljko fouls Grealish again! It's the third time he's been substituted on and finally the Atletico Madrid full-back is in the book. Now Ederson has also been booked after protesting after a ball-less incident between Correa and Laporte. 90+1 mins: Correa tries to get in behind City's defense and force a corner, but Ake does an excellent job of winning the goal kick. The game is headed towards a 1-0 win for the English champions. 90 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the period. 89 mins: Man City are testing but they're in no hurry to find a second goal. Grealish is fouled by Vrsaljko. The Englishman is then penalized for running in Vrsaljko when it looked like it was the other way around! 88 mins: Foden and De Bruyne connect again sensationally! Foden with a ridiculous pass with the outside of his boot finds De Bruyne in the box. The Belgian tries to pull back a cross, but it's blocked. Foden then tries his luck with a shot but it cannons De Bruyne and away. Foden has been remarkable since coming off the bench. 86 mins: Cancelo finds De Bruyne as City attempt to break away from an Atletico Madrid move. The Portuguese full-back finds De Bruyne and he tries to score from 25 yards but it's way over the top. 85 mins: Jesus also receives a warning and misses the second leg. He gets it for dissent after a throw-in doesn't go his way. 83 minutes: handbags! Grealish goes down on the touchline and Correa smashes the ball in the Manchester City man's leg and then in the face. Guardiola is right in front and has some stern words for Correa before dragging Grealish away as he tries to interfere. Correa comes into the book. 83 mins: Will both teams be happy with that? Man City don't take player signings lightly. Likewise, Atletico appear to be in no rush to create anything. 81 mins: Thomas Lemar has entered the fight in place of Joao Felix. 81 minutes: Magic from Foden! Twinkle toes inside the box as he defeats two Atletico Madrid players before squaring for De Bruyne whose shot is blocked by Felipe! 79 mins: Vrsaljko sends a good cross into Manchester City's box and it almost falls for Cunha, but Stones does enough to put the ball back to Ederson. A little more space for the hosts too now when Atletico are caught on the pitch. A second goal would be enormous. 77 mins: Kondogbia goes down in a chase with Rodri. The Manchester City midfielder doesn't look like he did anything wrong but the free-kick is awarded right in the City half. It's clipped towards the back post and Laporte takes care of it. 76 mins: Atletico Madrid didn't really worry Ederson all night. That has to change at some point in this duel. But will they wait for the second leg? It's a risky game. 74 minutes: City are right back at Atletico's throat. They feel they can get that work done tonight. De Bruyne tries to push it through to Jesus but Felipe is over to cut off the pass. De Bruyne then fouls Kondogbia and Atletico have some relief. 72 mins: Seismic goal in this tie. Will Atlético now try to find a goal? 70 mins: Foden off the bench and he's putting it on for De Bruyne! Foden picks up the ball 25 yards from goal. He looks up and finds De Bruyne with a pass through Reinaldo's legs and De Bruyne sweeps the ball past Oblak! 68 minutes: Three substitutions for Manchester City. Grealish, Foden and Jesus for Mahrez, Gundogan and Sterling. Rodrigo de Paul goes straight into the book for a late challenge against Grealish! 67 minutes: Big appeals! De Bruyne tries to slide a pass to Sterling and the Englishman goes down under pressure from Felipe. 66 mins: Crowd frustration is definitely growing as Man City's pass falters a bit. Atletico will catch up. It's the final quarter of the first leg. Calvary arrives for Atletico. 64 mins: Sterling pits under pressure from Felipe. Excites the audience more than the players there. However, Felipe nods from a corner and City has another chance to load the box. It comes in and Laporte has a free header! He jumps and hits the ball but can't quite get over it and he's a few yards over the top. 62 mins: In the last few minutes, both teams have returned to their first-half formations. Manchester City are playing a rather slow build-up while Atletico sit deep. 60 min: Here come the substitutions. Koke, Griezmann and Llorente are replacing De Paul, Correa and Cunha. 58 mins: Things get a little nervous here as Mahrez finds some space and Koke quickly makes the foul. The free kick is quickly taken to Sterling and he tries his luck with a low shot over the goal that rolls wide. 56 mins: De Bruyne goes on target this time and Oblak is clever down his left to save! The second time he asks, he smothers the ball. But City shoots on goal! 54 minutes: Free kick for Manchester City 30 yards from goal. De Bruyne plays briefly to Gundogan and he lays it down to Mahrez who is then fouled 10 yards closer! Another free kick. This time it's 22 meters or so in front of the goal. 52 mins: De Bruyne brings it short to Mahrez but Felipe heads clear. Atletico then break again and they have three up! Koke tries to find Llorente with an inch-perfect pass but he had to give it to Felix on the other side! Llorente collects it on the edge of the area, but his cross/shot goes straight into Ederson's arms. Atletico already looks much stronger. 50 minutes: a sign for the future? The crowd is up and there's already more energy for this second half. That will play into the hands of Manchester City. 48 minutes: Best chance of the game for Man City! De Bruyne whips a ball into Gundogan. The German pans and rolls one towards the far corner which Sterling tries to deflect the goal but it's wide. Took a nod from an Atletico player and goes for the corner. Atletico then suddenly countered from the resulting corner! However, he slows down and decides to find Felix on the left, but gets the pass wrong and it's up for a throw. 47 minutes: Oh, hello! Ridiculous that the game continued. 46 min: Right, the players are out again. The second leg then follows. But that's icing on the cake of this half of football. Tactically, it's fascinating. Atletico Madrid will be very happy. Manchester City with some thought. Min.45: Still no shots on target in play. 44 mins: Silva tries to create something but immediately a bevy of red and white shirts surrounds him. Stones tries his luck from 25 yards… that will never bother Oblak as he sails over the bar. The camera cuts to Foden and Grealish on the bench. 42 mins: De Bruyne appeals for a penalty after going down between two Atletico Madrid defenders in the penalty area. Felipe made contact, but De Bruyne met him more often than the other way around. Atletico start at the end of the first half (in the first leg!) with a loss of time. 40 mins: Cancelo and De Bruyne with a bit of a mix-up when the Belgian makes a pass when his team-mate has already run elsewhere. But City have so much time on the ball that they can pick it up again straight away without an Atleti challenge. De Bruyne then sends another cross straight into Oblak's arms. 38 mins: Mahrez slides a nice through ball into Cancelo from the right side of the box, but his low cross is collected by Oblak. Rodri then attempts a similar pass into Cancelo but this one is a bit too much. Manchester City must try to contain their frustrations. Atletico have a rare push forward but Vrsaljko's pass is too early as Llorente can't get himself back on the side. 36 mins: Five tries for Manchester City to none for Atletico. Hint: The city is attacking again. 34 min .: Nothing is going on for Atletico at the moment. A high ball clearly comes from Ake but the assistant referee gives the throw to Manchester City, much to Llorente's confusion. Atletico finally defuse City's pressure as Felix pulls a foul from De Bruyne. 32 minutes: De Bruyne's corner is denied by Felix at the near post. De Bruyne then sends in another cross, but it's too close to Oblak. But City immediately got the ball back. 30 mins: Kondogbia dribbles the ball towards the halfway line but he has nothing to aim for in front of him and Rodri wins it back with a perfectly timed tackle. Sterling tries to take on Vrsaljko but the Atletico defender does an excellent job of his slide challenge and the hosts take a corner. 28 mins: Stones makes a switch to Sterling on the left. Rodri then switches to Cancelo on the right. City keep checking before Cancelo attempts a clean pass in the box to Mahrez who dribbles out of play. Incidentally, Atlético does not take any risks when it comes to shots on goal. No playing from behind for Simeone. 26 mins: Another decent chance to create something for Atletico as Felix tries to put Koke behind City's defence. He plays the pass but Laporte just ducks for cover before earning a free kick. It goes without saying that Atletico will need to make the most of their limited time in City tonight. 24 mins: Atletico Madrid finally find a way into the Manchester City half as Felix shoots inside and out before Cancelo comes over to collect the ball with a really classy defence. All of Manchester City midway through the first half. 22 mins: There are so few places in Atletico Madrid's defence. Corner to Manchester City as they work it just past Gundogan on the edge of the area. Gundogan takes the shot but snaps for it and it goes well over the bar. 20 mins: Everything is going through Cancelo at the moment. He slides it through to De Bruyne on the edge of the box but Felipe is over to wipe out the threat before the Belgian can try to put a shot away. Another Cancelo cross into the box but Mahrez fails to cross his marker in time and Oblak claims again. 18 min: Every time Atlético gets the ball, Manchester City wins it back within three or four seconds. Relentless pressure from the hosts without much of a chance. Cancelo drives forward and lays down on Mahrez on the right touchline. He whips in a dangerous cross that Gundogan narrowly dodges down the middle as Oblak leaps for the ball. 16 minutes: After a quarter of an hour at the Etihad Stadium, it was all Manchester City. Atletico Madrid barely got a kick in the opposing half. Rodri tries to pass Cancelo a pass but it's wayward and Atletico take a throw-in. 14 mins: Laporte is first in the corner but it's a long way from Oblak's goal. City started this game in promotion though, there's no doubt about that. Sterling jumps in and out of a couple of Atletico challenges before going under outside of the area. 12 mins: Mahrez slices a ball inside for De Bruyne but the Belgian can't quite get to it before sliding off slippery service. It's rainy Manchester weather this evening. City get back in front as Cancelo delivers a cross towards Gundogan but is cleared before the German. De Bruyne then tries his luck and Vrsaljko blocks it for a corner. 10 mins: De Bruyne finds Cancelo 25 yards from goal and the Portuguese defender decides to execute the shot. He tries his luck and it takes off an Atletico shirt but doesn't quite fall for Sterling in the penalty area. First signs of space for the Premier League leaders. 8 mins: Late challenge from Kondogbia to Cancelo. The Atletico midfielder was sensational for his side at Old Trafford last month but he gives City an opportunity to send a free-kick into the box after the foul. De Bruyne swings in, but Savic saves a header. Atletico then try to break, but Felix is ​​the only player forward and four city shirts surround him to close the space and eliminate the danger. 6 mins: Bernardo Silva seems to be the central attacking point for Manchester City with Sterling on the left, Mahrez on the right and De Bruyne as number 10. Plenty of passes from the hosts so far. Nothing stands in the way of opportunities. 4 mins: Atletico barely have a kick in the first three minutes before Laporte goes over the top looking for Sterling and it's just too hard for the England international to bring him down. City pinned Atletico in their own half in the early stages. Llorente is eventually found halfway through town after a hooked pass from Felix, but he fouls Ake and City comes forward again. 2 mins: It's Cancelo at right-back and Nathan Ake at left-back for Manchester City. Atlético immediately went on the defensive as the hosts began their long evening in the away half. 1 min: Then it starts. It's Manchester City versus Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16. As we speak, the players enter the field. It's Manchester City's blue against Atletico Madrid's red and white. The Etihad are packed for tonight's Champions League quarter-finals. It really has a great feel to it. We plan to enforce our game all the time. "But of course Atletico have qualities, they are Spanish champions and have always had good results in Europe and have been tough opponents in the knockout stages for a decade." Well then, less than 10 minutes to kick-off at the Etihad ! Diego Simeone on how he plans to tackle the Manchester City challenge "We will play where we think we can hurt them," he said. “We will use our traits as we have played them for years and continue to compete. “But City are a nice team to watch. What I like most about teams that play as well as they do is how strong and tough they are to win back the ball while continuing to play offensively. “They have some great players – Sterling, De Bruyne – but what wakes me up is they run, they press, they're always active. They never leave behind a lost ball. Atletico Madrid are in good form. They may have been eliminated from the LaLiga title race but have won every one of their last six games in all competitions. Pep Guardiola has won two of his three previous encounters against Diego Simeone. Kick-off is just over 20 minutes away. As a reminder, the away goals rule does not apply in this year's Champions League. So less fear for Man City fans this evening, but also a little less drama for us neutrals. Miguel seems to be suggesting it could well be Ake at left-back and Cancelo at right-back. Delaney knows best, hence my theory of a Stones-Ake-Laporte-Cancelo (R-L) defense. England internationals Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have to settle for places on the bench as this big Champions League clash begins. Pep Guardiola refused to engage in any mind games when asked if Diego Simeone played an ugly style of football. The Spaniard replied: "I will not speak for a second about this stupid debate. “Everyone is trying to win the game. It's for the players, the difference will be there.” Atletico Madrid have not progressed past the quarter-finals since reaching the last four in the 2016/17 season. On that occasion, they were beaten by Real Madrid, who won their second of three consecutive Champions League titles. A reminder that Man City have the trifle to welcome Liverpool to the Etihad on Sunday in what could well turn out to be a Premier League decision. He said: "If people think I'll play the same game against Atletico and Liverpool, I don't think so because Liverpool's movements are completely different than Atletico - mainly because the players are all different. "That's why I love to think too much and come up with stupid tactics and if we don't win I get punished. I will be inspired and use incredible tactics [on Tuesday]. We're playing 12!” Now the team news is out, has anyone changed their prediction for tonight? “Atletico Madrid will be difficult for Manchester City to beat, especially away from home, but Pep Guardiola's side should be able to take a narrow advantage for Spain from the first leg in the second leg. Manchester City 2-1 Atlético Madrid.” Former Liverpool player Luis Suarez had to settle for a place on the bench. But instead of Cancelo at right-back and Zinchenko at left-back, Guardiola has gone with Stones on the right and Cancelo on the left. He also picked Raheem Sterling over Phil Foden. Here, then, is Pep's all-important starting lineup. However, it doesn't quite feel like it considering Atletico are poorly defending their La Liga title. Simeone's men are 12 points behind local rivals Real Madrid with just eight games remaining. There is another Champions League game tonight. Jurgen Klopp's men are looking to book a semi-final spot against either Villarreal or Bayern Munich. Guardiola vs. Simeone is one of those Champions League clashes that typifies the opposing styles of football, especially modern football. I'm not saying which is better, I'll let you answer that. 'Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape Man City's showdown with Atletico Madrid' He believes Simeone could unleash another unpredictable 'episode' of Guardiola in the Champions League. Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape City vs Atletico Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted Manchester City have better players than them ahead of tonight's clash. The Argentina coach said: "Manchester City undoubtedly have exceptional players. I'm sure they have better players than us. “Manchester City and Bayern Munich are favorites because of the characteristics of their players. About 30 minutes until we know the starting line-ups for this evening. That's what Pep Guardiola had to say yesterday when asked if he was "rethinking" his tactics ahead of the big clashes in the Champions League. He said: "In the Champions League I always think too much. I love thinking and coming up with stupid tactics. Tonight I'll be inspired and tomorrow there will be incredible tactics. We play at 12.” Pep Guardiola knows what it's like to be kicked out of the Champions League by Diego Simeone. In the 2016 semifinals, Simeone managed an away goal win over Guardiola's Bayern Munich. If he can win this duel it could be even more impressive. Jose Gimenez has not traveled with the Atletico Madrid squad after being substituted in the weekend's win over Alaves, leaving Diego Simeone without his key centre-back. Manchester City will be without two defenders, with Kyle Walker suspended and Ruben Dias still on the way back from a hamstring problem. John Stones didn't start the win over Burnley but Pep Guardiola has suggested the defender's place on the bench was a precaution and he can start. After three straight quarter-final eliminations, Guardiola finally took Man City past the last eight 12 months ago as they went all the way to the final. But Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side beat them in Porto, so the wait continues for Manchester City's blue team to become European champions. Many consider them the best club side on the continent, but can they finally prove it? Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Pep Guardiola is still awaiting his third Champions League trophy as manager and his first since winning it with Barcelona in 2011. But tonight and next week, evergreen Diego Simeone and his cunning Atletico Madrid side stand in his way.

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Kevin De Bruyne's goal secures Champions League quarter-final first-leg lead

Report from the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola's Man City clinched a hard fought win over Diego Simeones Atlético Madrid at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Phil Foden's quick substitution from the bench (Author: Gardener)

Kevin De Bruyne'sKevin De Bruyne's second-half goal was enough to secure Manchester City a 1–0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. In a thrilling draw at the Etihad, Diego Simeone's side lasted 70 minutes but Phil Foden's substitution provided the breakthrough that put Pep Guardiola's side in charge. Despite a dominant display there was no second goal meaning progression ahead of next week's second leg in Madrid is far from guaranteed, but it was a hard-fought victory. Manchester City dominated from the start, the pattern set as Atletico set up camp in their own half, relying only on sporadic counter-attacks to relieve the pressure. Joao Cancelo had a shot, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne called for penalties, balls came into the box. Atlético withstood the pressure. Jan Oblak was not tested in the first half. The club's staff may have changed with talk of a more expansive approach, that the old defensive has been lost, but on the big stage this has been a notoriously stoic Atletico. Could City find a way and lead back to the Spanish capital? The best chance of the first hour came from a free-kick De Bruyne fired low to the left of Oblak, but the Slovenian goalkeeper cleared the ball on the second try. Simeone made three changes, hoping to keep the resistance going. Foden made the difference within seconds, his great pass brought determination and power. De Bruyne ruthlessly did the rest. Foden almost summoned a second soon after, his dancing feet finding space on the right, but this time De Bruyne's low shot was blocked near the goal line. In the closing stages this turned to desperation as there appeared to be a concerted attempt to send an opponent off. City just kept calm - and nerves. The tie isn't over yet and Simeone remains confident a comeback in Madrid is still possible. But with Foden and Co. it would be a mistake to bet against City. Guardiola had scoffed at the idea of ​​him reconsidering that big squad selection in the Champions League, but perhaps the surprising decision to drop Foden from his starting line-up for that big quarter-final game actually worked well for him in the end. Against tiring legs his impact was immediate, his arrival changing the dynamic of the game in the blink of an eye. He was able to take the ball in a tight area - and there were plenty of them against this Atletico side - before finding the pass City missed. It was the moment that decided the match, but it wasn't Foden's only moment. He got away again shortly after and then found the best ball of the night, bending behind the Atletico defense with the outside of his boot to find that man De Bruyne once more. In 20 minutes he did enough to be man of the match. He might even be Manchester City's best player right now. Leaving it out in the first place hasn't proven costly here. Foden is just too good to be denied. Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "It was a difficult game against a strong opponent. It was difficult to find rooms but we were patient enough. It was a good result.” In the end we still had one or two chances to score more goals. Even 1-0 it's always difficult to go to Madrid but it was a good result. We won the game, we won at Burnley, now we are preparing for the next one." Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid head coach: "A good performance against an extraordinary team that manages to turn a lot of world-class footballers into a great one to unite unity. Just when we looked like we'd created our best opportunities, they scored. “That was a very difficult game. I have to admit we thought Foden was going to start. I also have to admit that it's fun to see how City play.” They could be the best team in the world. We will change our way of play a bit in the second half of this duel, but they don't care - City will play the same way. Manchester City are back in action in this Sunday's Premier League title fight against Liverpool, with just a point separating the teams at the top of the table. City travel to Madrid for their Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Atlético next Wednesday, April 13.

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Champions League result, final standings and reaction to De Bruyne winner

Man City vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Champions League result, full time standings and reaction to De Bruyne's winner 1-0 Manchester City Atletico Madrid: Follow all the action as Pep Guardiola's side take a lead in the quarter-finals first leg on Diego Simeone's LaLiga wins champions (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeaguePlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Man City vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Champions League result, full time standings and reaction as De Bruyne netted the winner in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. After City were frustrated by the visitors for much of the game, City finally broke through in the 70th minute when Phil Foden brought on Kevin De Bruyne, who expertly finished off Jan Oblak and gave them an opener for next week's second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano . Both Guardiola and his opponent Diego Simeone suffered heartbreaks in the final of this competition with their current clubs but City remain favorites at distance this time - albeit proving to be a big test for the Cityzens in the last eight. The winners of this clash meet either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals after last month's draw. Follow all the reactions below as Man City beat Atletico Madrid: GOAL! 70' - De Bruyn finally gives City the lead after Foden passes (1-0) HALF TIME! City dominate possession but fail to break Atletico defense (0-0) 22:10 , Dylan Terry "It was a really tough game," he said. "In the past they could have lost that game but Atletico didn't have a shot on goal." Substitutions changed the game and City were by far the better team. They kept their composure and I think they will go there and keep winning. “Can you find a way not to win at your best? The big players decide the big games, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden.” 22:06, De Bruyne's Dylan Terry More on their delicious clash against Liverpool on Sunday. He said: "It's five days until Sunday. Both teams played tonight. "It's a big game and everyone is looking forward to it, including the players." 10:05pm, Dylan Terry Match winner Kevin de Bruyne has shared his thoughts on the game. He told BT Sport: "The first half was tight, in the second half we had a couple of chances and it was good that we took one." I made the run and Phil [Foden] found me perfect, me I had to stay calm and luckily I made it. That's how they play. When the game is tight, they need to attack a little more. 21:55 , Dylan Terry Here's the winning moment. 21:50, Dylan Terry full-time: That's it. Manchester City go into the second leg in Spain with a deserved 1-0 lead. Kevin de Bruyne broke through in the 70th minute after a great game from substitute Phil Foden. Will both teams be happy with that? Atletico have to show a lot more forward if they want to reach the semifinals. 21:49 , Dylan Terry 90 + 2 minutes: Vrsaljko fouls Grealish again! It's the third time he's been substituted on and finally the Atletico Madrid full-back is in the book. Now Ederson has also been booked after protesting after a ball-less incident between Correa and Laporte. 21:47 , Dylan Terry 90+1min: Correa tries to get behind City's defense and force a corner, but Ake does an excellent job of winning the goal kick. The game is heading towards a 1-0 win for the English champions. 21:46 , Dylan Terry 90 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this period. 21:46, Dylan Terry 89 mins: Man City are testing but they're in no hurry to find a second goal. Grealish is fouled by Vrsaljko. The Englishman is then penalized for running in Vrsaljko when it looked like it was the other way around! 21:44 , Dylan Terry 88 min: Foden and De Bruyne connect again sensationally! Foden with a ridiculous pass with the outside of his boot finds De Bruyne in the box. The Belgian tries to pull back a cross, but it's blocked. Foden then tries his luck with a shot but he fires away from De Bruyne. Foden has been remarkable since coming on. 21:42, Dylan Terry 86 mins: Cancelo finds De Bruyne while City tries to break an Atletico Madrid move. The Portuguese full-back finds De Bruyne and he tries to score from 25 yards but it's way over the top. 21:41 , Dylan Terry 85 min: Jesus also receives a warning and will miss the second leg. 21:40 , Dylan Terry 83 mins: Handbags! Grealish goes down on the touchline and Correa smacks the ball in the leg and then the Manchester City man's face. Guardiola is right in front and he has some stern words for Correa before pulling Grealish away as he tries to interfere. Correa walks in the book. 21:39 , Dylan Terry 83 minutes: will both teams be happy with it? Man City don't take player signings lightly. 21:37 , Dylan Terry 81 min: Thomas Lemar has entered the fight in place of Joao Felix. 21:37 , Dylan Terry 81 minutes: Magic from Foden! Twinkle toes inside the box as he defeats two Atletico Madrid players before squaring for De Bruyne whose shot is blocked by Felipe! 21:35, Dylan Terry 79 mins: Vrsaljko sends a good cross into Manchester City's box and it almost falls for Cunha, but Stones does enough to put the ball back to Ederson. A little more space for the hosts now at Atletico have caught up on the pitch. 21:33, Dylan Terry 77 mins: Kondogbia goes down in a chase with Rodri. The Manchester City midfielder doesn't look like he did anything wrong but the free-kick is awarded right in the City half. He gets wedged towards the back post and Laporte deals with it. 21:31, Dylan Terry 76 mins: Atletico Madrid didn't really worry Ederson all night. That has to change at some point in this duel. But will they wait for the second leg? It's a risky game. 21:31, Dylan Terry 74 minutes: City is right back at Atletico's neck. They feel like they can get that job done tonight. De Bruyne tries to push it through to Jesus but Felipe is over to cut off the pass. De Bruyne then fouls Kondogbia and Atletico have some relief. 21:29 , Dylan Terry 21:28 , Dylan Terry 72 minutes: Seismic goal in this tie. Will Atlético now try to find a goal? 21:26, Dylan Terry 70 mins: Foden off the bench and he puts it on for De Bruyne! The replacement makes an immediate impression! Foden picks up the ball 25 yards from goal. He looks up and finds De Bruyne with a pass through Reinaldo's legs and De Bruyne sweeps the ball past Oblak! 21:25, Dylan Terry 68 minutes: Three substitutions for Manchester City. Grealish, Foden and Jesus for Mahrez, Gundogan and Sterling. Rodrigo de Paul goes straight into the book for a late challenge against Grealish! 21:23 , Dylan Terry 67 min: Big appeals! De Bruyne tries to slide a pass to Sterling and the Englishman goes down under pressure from Felipe. 21:22 , Dylan Terry 66 mins: Crowd frustration is definitely growing as Man City's passing eases off a bit. Atletico will surpass that. It's going into the last quarter of the first leg. 21:21 , Dylan Terry Calvary arrives for Atletico. 21:20, Dylan Terry 64 minutes: Sterling pits under pressure from Felipe. There was a little nudge, but not enough for a penalty. However, Felipe nods away after a corner and City has another chance to load the penalty area. It comes and Laporte has a free header! He jumps and hits the ball but can't quite get over it and he's a few yards over the top. 21:18 , Dylan Terry 62 minutes: In the last few minutes, both teams have returned to their formations from the first half. Manchester City are playing a rather slow build-up while Atletico sit deep. Phil Foden is warming up pretty intense now. 21:16, Dylan Terry 60 min: Here come the substitutions. Koke, Griezmann and Llorente are replacing De Paul, Correa and Cunha. 21:13 , Dylan Terry 58 minutes: It's getting a bit stingy here, as Mahrez finds some space and Koke quickly makes the foul. Another hallmark of Atleti. The free kick is quickly taken to Sterling and he tries his luck with a low shot over the goal that rolls wide. 21:12, Dylan Terry 56 mins: De Bruyne is on target this time and Oblak is clever on his left to save! He smothers the ball the second time. City has a shot on goal! 21:11, Dylan Terry 54 minutes: Free kick for Manchester City 30 yards from goal. De Bruyne plays briefly to Gundogan and he lays it down to Mahrez who is then fouled 10 yards closer! This time it's 22 meters or so in front of the goal. 21:08, Dylan Terry 52 minutes: De Bruyne brings it briefly to Mahrez, but Felipe heads clear. Atletico then break again and they have three up! Koke tries to find Llorente with an inch-perfect pass but he had to give it to Felix on the other side! Llorente collects it on the edge of the area, but his cross/shot goes straight into Ederson's arms. A waste. Atletico already looks much stronger. 21:06, Dylan Terry 50 min: A sign for the future? The crowd is up and there's already more energy for this second half. That will play into the hands of Manchester City. The hosts still have a corner. 21:05, Dylan Terry 48 min: Best chance of the game for Man City! De Bruyne whips a ball into Gundogan. The German pans and rolls one towards the far corner which Sterling tries to deflect the goal but it's wide. Picked up an Atletico player and goes to the corner. Atletico then suddenly break out of the resulting corner! However, he slows down and decides to find Felix on the left but gets the pass wrong and it goes on a throw. It was an opportunity for both sides. 21:02 , Dylan Terry 47 min: Oh, hello! 21:01 , Dylan Terry 46 min: Right, the players are out again. 20:57 , Dylan Terry second leg comes then. 20:53 , Dylan Terry Goalless, yes. 20:47, Dylan Terry Halftime: No stoppage time at the end of the first half. At all. Atletico Madrid will be very happy. Manchester City with some thought. 20:46, Dylan Terry 45 min: Still no shots on goal in the match. 20:44 , Dylan Terry 44 min: Silva tries to create something, but a swarm of red and white shirts immediately surrounds him. He goes down, but the referee has nothing of it. Stones tries his luck from 25 yards... A sign of frustration? The camera cuts to Foden and Grealish on the bench. 20:42, Dylan Terry 42 mins: De Bruyne appeals for a penalty after going down between two Atletico Madrid defenders in the penalty area. Felipe made contact, but De Bruyne met him more often than the other way around. The ball was already gone. Atletico starts at the end of the first half (first leg!) lost time 20:41 , Dylan Terry 40 mins: Cancelo and De Bruyne with a little mix up as Belgian plays a pass when his teammate has already run somewhere else. But City have so much time on the ball that they can pick it up again straight away without an Atleti challenge. De Bruyne then sends another cross straight into Oblak's arms. 20:39, Dylan Terry 38 mins: Mahrez shoves a nice through ball into Cancelo on the right side of the box, but his low cross is collected by Oblak. Rodri then attempts a similar pass into Cancelo but it's a bit too much on this one.Manchester City must try to contain their frustrations.Atletico have a rare attack going forward but Vrsaljko's pass is too early as Llorente doesn't recover can bring to the side. 20:36 , Dylan Terry 36 min: Five attempts for Manchester City to none for Atletico. I'll let you find out who's got what.Hint: The city is attacking again. 20:34 , Dylan Terry 34 min: Nothing is going for Atletico at the moment. A high ball clearly comes from Ake but the assistant referee gives the throw to Manchester City, much to Llorente's confusion. Atletico finally defuse City's pressure as Felix pulls a foul from De Bruyne. 20:33 , Dylan Terry How to mine them? 20:32, Dylan Terry 32 minutes: De Bruyne's corner is saved by Felix at the near post. De Bruyne then sends another cross but it's too close to Oblak. But City immediately got the ball back. 20:31, Dylan Terry 30 mins: Kondogbia dribbles the ball towards the halfway line but he has nothing to aim for in front of him and Rodri wins it back with a perfectly timed tackle, his slide challenge excellent and the hosts take a corner. 20:29, Dylan Terry 28 mins: Stones makes a tag to Sterling on the left. City keep checking before Cancelo attempts a clean pass in the box to Mahrez who dribbles out of play. Incidentally, Atletico does not take any risks with the kick-offs. 20:27, Dylan Terry 26 mins: Another decent chance to create something for Atletico as Felix tries to put Koke behind City's defence. He plays the pass but Laporte just ducks for cover before earning a free kick. It goes without saying that Atletico will need to make the most of their limited time in the City half tonight. 20:25 , Dylan Terry 24 mins: Atletico Madrid finally find a way into the Manchester City half as Felix shoots inside and out before Cancelo comes over to collect the ball with a really classy defense. 20:24 , Dylan Terry All Manchester City midway through the first half. 20:23 , Dylan Terry 22 minutes: There are so few places in this Atletico Madrid defense. They play with three centre-backs, remember that. Corner to Manchester City as they work it short to Gundogan on the edge of the box. Gundogan takes the shot but snaps for it and it goes well over the bar. 20:21, Dylan Terry 20 min: Everything is going through Cancelo at the moment. He pushes it to De Bruyne on the edge of the box but Felipe is over to wipe out the threat before the Belgian can try to get a shot away. Another Cancelo cross into the box but Mahrez fails to cross his marker on time and Oblak claims again. 20:20 , Dylan Terry 18 min: Every time Atletico grabs the ball, it's recaptured by Manchester City within three or four seconds. Relentless pressure from the hosts without much of a chance. Cancello drives forward and deposits on Mahrez on the right side. He whips in a dangerous cross that Gundogan narrowly dodges down the middle as Oblak leaps for the ball. 20:17, Dylan Terry 16 mins: It was all Manchester City after fifteen minutes at the Etihad Stadium. Atletico Madrid barely got a kick in the opposing half. But that's what they do. Rodri tries to pass Cancelo a pass but it's wayward and Atletico take a throw-in. A total of 69 percent ball possession so far for the hosts. 20:15, Dylan Terry 14 mins: Laporte is first in the corner but it's a long way from Oblak's goal. City started this game with a majority, but there's no doubt about that. Penalty appeal! Sterling jumps in and out of a couple of Atletico challenges before going under outside of the area. 20:13, Dylan Terry 12 mins: Mahrez slices a ball inside for De Bruyne, but the Belgian can't quite access it before sliding off slippery service. It's rainy Manchester weather tonight. City get back in front as Cancelo delivers a cross towards Gundogan but is cleared before the German. De Bruyne then tries his luck and Vrsaljko blocks it for a corner. 20:10 , Dylan Terry The respect is there. 20:10, Dylan Terry 10 mins: De Bruyne finds Cancelo 25 yards from goal and the Portuguese defender decides to take the shot. He tries his luck and it takes off an Atletico shirt but doesn't quite fall to Sterling in the penalty area. First signs of space for the Premier League leaders. 20:09, Dylan Terry 8 mins: Late challenge from Kondogbia to Cancelo. The Atletico midfielder was sensational for his side at Old Trafford last month but he gives City an opportunity to send a free-kick into the box after the foul. De Bruyne swings in but Savic flicks a clear header. Atletico then try to break, but Felix is ​​the only player forward and four city shirts surround him to close the space and eliminate the danger. 20:06, Dylan Terry 6 mins: Bernardo Silva seems to be the central point of attack for Manchester City, with Sterling on the left, Mahrez on the right and De Bruyne as number 10. Plenty of passes from the hosts so far. 20:05, Dylan Terry 4 mins: Atletico barely have a kick for the first three minutes before Laporte goes over the top looking for Sterling and finds it just too hard for the England international to bring him down. City pinned Atletico in their own half early stages. No real surprise. Llorente is eventually found in the City half after a hooked pass by Felix, but he fouls Ake and City comes forward again. 20:02, Dylan Terry 2 mins: It's Cancelo on the right and Nathan Ake on the left for Manchester City. Atletico immediately revert to their defensive form as the hosts begin their long evening in the visitors' half. 20:01, Dylan Terry 1 min: Here we go. It's Manchester City versus Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16. 19:57 , Dylan Terry Players step onto the field as we speak. It's Manchester City's blue against Atletico Madrid's red and white. 19:56 , Dylan Terry The Etihad is packed for tonight's Champions League quarter-finals. It really has a great feel to it. Sometimes this competition is unbeatable. 19:53 , Dylan Terry He told BT Sport: “We have to be ourselves. We want to try to impose our game all the time. "But of course Atletico have qualities, they're Spanish champions and they've always had good results in Europe and they've been a tough opponent in the knockout stages for a decade." 19:51 , Dylan Terry So then, less than 10 minutes until kick-off at the Etihad! 19:49 , Dylan Terry Diego Simeone on how he plans to attack Manchester City challenge. "We will play where we think we can hurt them," he said. "We will use our qualities that we have been playing for years and continue to compete." But City are a nice side to watch. What I like most about teams that play as well as they do is the strength and effort they put into winning back the ball while continuing to play offensively. “They have some great players – Sterling, De Bruyne – but what wakes me up is they run, they press, they're always active. That's what all managers want.” 19:44 , Dylan Terry Atletico Madrid are in good form. They may have been eliminated from the LaLiga title race but have won every one of their last six games in all competitions. Simeone has not experienced a defeat since mid-February. 19:38 , Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola has won two of his three previous matches against Diego Simeone. Or can the Argentine equalize? It's a little over 20 minutes until kick-off. 19:36, Dylan Terry A reminder that away goals do not apply in this year's Champions League. So less fear for Man City fans this evening, but also a little less drama for us neutrals. I'm not a fan of them scrapping the rule. 19:30 , Dylan Terry Miguel seems to be suggesting it could well be Ake at left-back and Cancelo at right-back. Delaney knows best, hence my theory of a Stones-Ake-Laporte-Cancelo (R-L) defense. 19:26 , Dylan Terry England internationals Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have to settle for places on the bench as this big Champions League clash begins. Very few clubs could do that and very few people would notice. 7:24pm, Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola refused to engage in any mind games when asked if Diego Simeone was playing an ugly football. The Spaniard replied: "I will not speak for a second about this stupid debate." Everyone is trying to win the game. It's for the players, the difference will be there.” 19:19 , Dylan Terry Atletico Madrid have not progressed past the quarter-finals since reaching the last four of the 2016/17 season. On this occasion, they were beaten by Real Madrid, who secured their second place three Champions Leagues in a row. 19:15 , Dylan Terry A reminder that Man City have the trifle to welcome Liverpool to the Etihad on Sunday in what could well turn out to be a Premier League decision. Of course, Pep doesn't think about it. He said : "If people think I'm going to play the same game against Atletico and Liverpool, I don't think so because Liverpool's movements are completely different than Atletico - mostly because the players are all different." That's why I love it to rethink and create stupid tactics and if we don't win I'll be punished. I will be inspired and use incredible tactics [on Tuesday]. We're playing 12!” 19:10 , Dylan Terry Here's some good stats from today's meeting. 19:08 , Dylan Terry So now the team news is out, has anyone changed their prediction for tonight? Here's our personal verdict on Harry Latham-Coyle ahead of tonight's clash. "Atletico Madrid will be tough for Manchester City, particularly away from home, but Pep Guardiola's side should be able to take a narrow advantage from the first leg in Spain for the second leg. Manchester City 2-1 Atlético Madrid.” 19:03 , Dylan Terry Former Liverpool player Luis Suarez has to settle for a place on the bench. However, there is a feeling that he will have something to say in this duel - whether positive or negative. 19:01 , Dylan Terry What do we think of Guardiola's starting XI then? But instead of Cancelo at right-back and Zinchenko at left-back, Guardiola has gone with Stones on the right and Cancelo on the left. He also picked Raheem Sterling over Phil Foden. 18:56 , Dylan Terry And the team they will face. 18:54 , Dylan Terry Here is Pep's all-important starting line-up. 18:49 , Dylan Terry A reminder that this is the English champions against the Spanish champions. It doesn't quite feel that way though considering Atletico are poorly defending their LaLiga title. Simeone's men are 12 points behind local rivals Real Madrid with just eight games remaining. 18:47 , Dylan Terry There is another Champions League game tonight. Liverpool have traveled to Portugal for the first leg of the round of 16 against Benfica. Jurgen Klopp's men are looking to book a place in the semis against either Villarreal or Bayern Munich. You can track this by clicking the link below. 18:42 , Dylan Terry Guardiola vs. Simeone is one of those Champions League duels that are typical of the opposing styles of football, especially modern football. I'm not saying which is better, I'll let you answer that. 18:38 , Dylan Terry "Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape Man City's showdown with Atletico Madrid". This is the latest article from The Independent's Miguel Delaney. He believes Simeone could unleash another unpredictable 'episode' of Guardiola in the Champions League. Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape City vs Atletico 18:34 Atletico Madrid boss Dylan Terry Diego Simeone has admitted ahead of tonight's clash that Manchester City have better players than them. The Argentina coach said: "There is no doubt that Manchester City have exceptional players. I'm sure they have better players than us.” Manchester City and Bayern Munich are favorites because of the qualities of their players. But Chelsea won last season and not many people expected that.” 18:30 , Dylan Terry About 30 minutes until we know the starting line-up for tonight. That's what Pep Guardiola had to say yesterday when asked if he was "reconsidering" his tactics ahead of big clashes in the Champions League. He said: "In the Champions League I always overthink. I love thinking and coming up with stupid tactics. We play at 12.” 18:25 , Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola knows what it's like to be knocked out of the Champions League by Diego Simeone. In the semifinals of 2016, Simeone mastered an away win against Guardiola's Bayern Munich. If he can win this duel, it could be even more impressive. 18:21 , Dylan Terry Jose Gimenez has not traveled with the Atletico Madrid squad after being substituted in the weekend's win over Alaves, leaving Diego Simeone without his key centre-back , and it has been reported that the midfielder will play in this round of 16 could miss both games. 18:18 , Dylan Terry Manchester City will be without two defenders with Kyle Walker suspended and Ruben Dias still on his way back after a hamstring problem. John Stones did not start the win over Burnley but Pep Guardiola has suggested that the defender be placed on the bench as a precaution and allowed to start. 18:15 , Dylan Terry After three straight quarter-final eliminations, Guardiola finally led Man City past the last eight as they progressed to the final 12 months ago. But Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side prevailed in Porto, so the wait continues for Manchester City's blue side to become European champions. Many consider them the best club side on the continent, but can they finally prove it? 18:13 , Dylan Terry Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Manchester City v Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Pep Guardiola is still awaiting his third Champions League trophy as manager and his first since winning Barcelona in 2011. But tonight and next week, long-time favorite Diego Simeone and his cunning Atletico Madrid side stand in his way. It promises to be a fascinating encounter.

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Manchester City 1-0 Atlético Madrid LIVE! Champions league result, match stream and latest updates today

De Bruyne slides to finish under Oblak As seen: BT Sport Man City team news: Silva and Mahrez return Atletico Madrid team news: Felix and Griezmann up front Prediction: Man City 2-0 Atletico Madrid Manchester City FC 1 : 0 Club Atlético de Madrid proved crucial FT: Manchester City 1-0 Atletico Madrid 21:50 , Matt Verri job done for Man City who will give Madrid a narrow lead in the second leg next week. De Bruyne scores after a nice pass from Foden. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityManchester City have a slim lead from the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals after Kevin De Bruyne's 70th-minute goal gave them a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. It was a result City had to seek out against an Atletico side who had clearly traveled to England to simply deny Pep Guardiola's side chances. Diego Simeone's side had frustrated City in the first half with their deep defense and reliance on only the occasional counterattack to threaten the hosts. The Premier League champions were unable to convert their absolute possession dominance into clear chances, and Aymeric Laporte had one of the best chances after the break, but the defender's header from a corner went wide. City kept their form and moved the ball well, but it took substitute Phil Foden to come on for the home side to find the missing ingredient. Foden, brought on from the bench with Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus, drew three defenders in his path before splitting the Spanish defense with a perfectly weighted pass to De Bruyne, who slipped past keeper Jan Oblak with a lateral foot. Job done for Man City who are set to take a narrow lead for next week's second leg. De Bruyne scores after a nice pass from Foden. Atletico showed very little ambition all evening and a 1-0 loss is as good as it could have been for them. Both sides seem ready for this game to end. 89 mins: Grealish gets kicked every time he gets the ball - that seems to be the focus of the Atletico players in the closing minutes. He's cut by Correa, checked by Vrsaljko... and the referee gives Atletico a free kick! 86 mins: De Bruyne could have had a ton of goals tonight. He is allowed to drive forward again, but drills the shot over the bar. 85 minutes: Jesus now into the book as frustration grows on both sides. He will now leave the second leg. De Bruyne is over to try to reassure his teammate - City don't have to get involved. 83 mins: Correa smacks the ball in Grealish's face while it's on the ground, causing a bit of chaos right in the technical areas. Grealish stands up to confront Correa and is quickly pushed away by his manager! Atlético cannot live with Foden. His feet are far too good for Kondogbia and Reinildo before pinning him in the box. Silva then puts it back to De Bruyne... Great chance for the Belgian to get his second. Another change from Simeone. 79 mins: City are now slowing things down, content to just play the ball around their backs. Atletico haven't changed their approach at all since falling behind. Looks like they'll be content to take a close deficit to Madrid. 76 minutes: Rodri thinks he has won the ball back, but Kondogbia rolls around on the ground and the referee finally awards a free kick. 72 mins: Interesting to see what City are doing now. Are they just trying to keep that lead, or are they taking the initiative and really pushing for a second? Foden picks it up, drawing three defenders and shoving a perfect pass to De Bruyne. He can run on it and pass Oblak the first time... Rodrigo De Paul punched the winger squarely in the back on his first touch and the Atletico man received the first yellow card of the game. Grealish, Foden and Jesus were all introduced. Sterling, Gundogan and Mahrez, the three must move. 67 mins: Huge appeals for a City penalty, the crowd clamoring for it but once again the referee is uninterested. De Bruyne shoves the pass to Sterling, who is blocked by Reinildo. 65 mins: Five Atletico players in that attack... they're starting to get a bit of control of the game. Lodi cuts it back but it's behind Felix and Correa in the box. However, City is giving it away almost immediately. This could be the first phase of the game where the Spaniards hold the ball for more than 30 seconds. 63 minutes: That was a mismatch. Cancelo chips a ball forward, Felipe shoves Sterling out of the way and heads it away. Great performance, Laporte wins the header and should really get it home. 60 minutes: The cavalry has arrived. Koke, Griezmann and Llorente out, Rodrigo, Correa and Cunha on. That's two in midfield, only Kondogbia remains now. That doesn't make it easier for City. 58 mins: Looks like Simeone is planning three subs bringing some fresh legs. Before that, Cancelo drifts past Griezmann and puts a cross up to the far post. 55 mins: Four in the wall, Koke is behind them. De Bruyne goes to the keeper's side... Oblak fumbles and kicks him away as he does. 54 minutes: Reinildo lunges at Mahrez - gets some ball but more from the man. Free kick City in a decent position but it's a long way for a shot. De Bruyne, Mahrez and Cancelo are above it. Free-kick again, but this time in a much better position. 51 mins: May speak early but Atletico are looking a little more adventurous. Maybe a 5-4-1 with Griezmann a little further ahead. De Bruyne wins a corner for City, which is again taken briefly. And again the home side completely squander it and let Atletico come to the break. Griezmann has Llorente with him this time, he gets the shot away but he goes straight for Ederson. Visitors should continue to give City corners! 48 min: That's a promising start to the half - we deserved that after the first 45 minutes. Gündogan thinks he is free in the penalty area, the shot is easily deflected and narrowly misses the far post. corner town corner town They make a mess of it and suddenly Griezmann breaks out. Gundogan is the last man standing and easily pulls him back, but doesn't want to do it all the way. But the Frenchman doesn't have the necessary speed, looks for the pass and it flies out of the game. 46 minutes: Ederson has something to do! The ball is overplayed, Llorente is offside for about five miles, but it continues. The Atletico man nudges Ederson straight when he should have scored. City had 73% possession, six shots but none on target. Atletico has meanwhile made a maximum of two counterattacks, both of which have brought nothing. City are frustrated in the Champions League... No stoppage time, the ball is very rarely out of bounds and that's half time. Goalless at the break - City were unable to prevail against an incredibly solid Atletico side. The home side pretty much had all the ball but didn't really have much of a chance to show that. 43 mins: More City goes from side to side, Atletico like to let them out from 40 yards. Stones takes it forward, goes miles away. Skies it over the bar and Atletico can kill another minute as half-time fast approaches. 41 mins: Heavy contact in the penalty area by De Bruyne, who then falls to the ground as Felipe and Reinildo run towards him. I don't get a penalty for that. The referee already warns Atletico how long they take goal kicks and throw-ins. 39 mins: Cancelo tries the one-two with De Bruyne… one is fine but the two come straight back to where Cancelo was. They have it back quickly though, with De Bruyne drifting out wide to the right. Cross low and go straight to Oblak. 37 mins: Frustrations begin to grow in the stands. Guardiola senses this and encourages his team when Rodri passes the ball straight out of play. Atletico haven't had a shot yet or even close, but they won't care. 34 min: Rodri hits the goal from a distance, but Felipe blocks. Atletico will be happy if City continues to shoot from 25 meters. Felix holds the ball up, brilliantly turns De Bruyne around and pulls the foul. Simeone certainly didn't impress with the decision right in front of him. 31 minutes: City has to resort to whipping balls into the box. Don't see the 5-5-0 formation too often, but it works for Atletico when they don't have possession! 28 mins: Mahrez tries to shove a pass to De Bruyne but Reinildo slides in to intercept. Kondogbia puts it forward for the visitors but again no one to get past and he's surrounded by City shirts. The home team is coming back... 26 minutes: It's pretty much two rows of five from Atletico. City no place to work at all. Cancelo tries to slice a cross into the box where Sterling ran at the back post but it goes away easily. 23 min: Atletico have the first break of the game, Felix drives forward on the left. Only Griezmann in the penalty area for him... Felix has to hit five City shirts before joining his teammate. 22 mins: De Bruyne's pass takes off a defender and it's another City corner. Mahrez takes it short, swinging towards Gundogan, who is trying his luck from a distance. 20 mins: Nice cross from Cancelo, Mahrez not far from being dead. Stadt dominates possession and has a hard time getting through the crowd of Atletico kits. Oblak kicks it right out, Guardiola yells at a ball boy to quickly get his side up and running again. 17 mins: Atletico aren't doing nearly enough when they regain the ball. City swarm them at every opportunity, this time Llorente passes it straight to Ake. Guardiola's side have been really impressive so far. 14 mins: Great run from Sterling, drifts past challenges. He then goes down onto the edge of the box... Silva picks him up and goes down herself as Koke pressures him. City has a corner as a consolation. This time Stones climbs up the post, but again the header dribbles wide. 12 mins: The defense is becoming increasingly desperate from Atletico. A couple of dangerous crosses are partially cleared but one falls into the box for De Bruyne. He has time to bring the ball down and clear the shot, which is deflected to the corner. Swinging in deep, Laporte lands well but can't quite direct the header and falls wide. 9': Cancelo has a lot of space from 25 yards out, probably taking the wrong option as he goes on target from 25 yards. But it works almost perfectly, as it is deflected and turns into a great cross. Gundogan was about to reach the end in the box. 7 mins: Persistent ban on city holdings - could be a sentence worth copying and pasting. Kondogbia then goes in on Cancelo a little late and sends the right-back jumping in the air. Free kick City and the central defenders. 4 mins: Griezmann throws a ball over the top and it's a straight-foot race between Llorente and Ake. City Man comes in and slides the ball behind them to the corner. given a free kick. Llorente just gave Ake a little nudge in the back. 1 min: Some clues as to City's form - it's Stones and Laporte in the middle with Ake at left-back. It looks like Silva will be the wrong nine, while De Bruyne is a little lower in midfield. Start of two big weeks for Man City - important, they start on a positive note. Players are in the tunnel, it's very soon time to make this huge match work! Guardiola has opted not to name 12 players tonight, he joked at his press conference. Eight teams in the Champions League and City are favorites for the cup, just ahead of Liverpool. Atletico Madrid one of the underdogs - that would certainly change with a win tonight. Diego Simeone has praised Man City ahead of this game, warning his side they must do better than they did in the round of 16 win over Man United all over the pitch. “What I like most about teams like City is the strength and effort they put into winning back the ball and continuing to attack. [Raheem] Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, they're always active, they're always running. You never let a ball get lost. “City have exceptional players. They've got better players than us, I'm sure of that.” So Stones is coming back for City. Unsure of where he will play from this line-up - could well be at right back if it's Ake and Laporte in centre, but Stones could also work Laporte with Ake at left-back. Likewise, I had to guess who will be the false nine for City. You would imagine either Silva or De Bruyne. For Atletico, Griezmann and Felix get the nods forward while Suarez has to settle for a place on the bench. Lemar is also among the options waiting to be substituted on if needed. Pep Guardiola has hit back at criticism of Diego Simeone's style of play ahead of Manchester City's Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid. While Guardiola is known for his slow and patient build-up game, Simeone has forged Atletico to a more rigorous, more artisanal approach. However, the City boss believes Atletico have more to offer and has claimed he 'never judges' other teams' tactics after some coaches have criticized Los Rojiblancos on previous occasions. "Having seen Atletico, there is a misunderstanding about how [Simeone] plays," he told reporters. Everyone tries to win the game. This is a truly fascinating duel between two coaches who often have very different ideas about how to play the game. Simeone's style could dampen City but the English champions should have enough to secure a lead in the first leg. Simeone has an almost full Atletico squad to choose from, with Hector Herrera the biggest doubt after missing out on the Alaves win. Joao Felix shrugged off a blow and scored a brace in Madrid, while Matheus Cunha, Daniel Wass, Thomas Lemar and Sime Vrsaljko all returned to the squad from injuries. Kyle Walker is serving the final game of his Champions League suspension for City while Guardiola is also without Ruben Dias (hamstring) and Cole Palmer (foot) tonight. The Man City boss joked he would name 12 players tonight in response to a question on whether he had thought about Champions League ties in the past. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League! It's the first leg of the Champions League and Pep Guardiola's side will look to make the most of home advantage two crucial weeks into their season. Ahead of kick-off, which is at 20:00 BST, we have the latest updates and team news.

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5 topics of conversation as De Bruyne gives Man City Champions League advantage over Atletico

Man City 1-0 Atlético Madrid: The English champions narrowly lead to the Spanish capital after Kevin De Bruyne scored a decisive winner in the Champions League clash at the Etihad (Author: Gardener)

De BruyneMan City 1-0 Atletico Madrid: The English champions narrowly lead to the Spanish capital after Kevin De Bruyne scored a crucial winner at the Etihad in their Champions League clash thanks to Kevin De Bruyne's winner leading to Spain. The team's talisman finally found a way past Diego Simeone's well-organized side as Phil Foden proved to be a genius sub. The City academy graduate was on the pitch for less than two minutes before making a save for De Bruyne to beat Jan Oblak in the crucial moment of the evening. The clash at Etihad had taken on a clear pattern from minute one. Atletico sat deep and often camped 11 men behind the ball while City tried to find a way through the game. At times it looked as if the Spaniards would nip their relentlessness in the bud, with Oblak going largely untested despite the hosts' possession - until he had to flick the ball out of his own net. The visitors worked their way through but remained firmly level as they prepared for the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano in a week's time. Leading up to the Etihad clash, it was about the clash of two minds with very different philosophies. Play on the pitch showed just that, as Guardiola's unstoppable power met Simeone's immovable object. For Atlético, ownership was irrelevant. Especially in the first half, the home side attacked in waves, camped in the guest half and tried to find the smallest gaps. The two Atletico strikers worked through moments that were rare. In the end - and it's only half-time - the attack won the battle, but the war is far from over. City pushed and pushed in the second half but couldn't find the spark that would unleash a determined Atletico defense. That was until Guardiola threw at Foden, whose shares seem to be rising and rising like few others. Foden, starting on the bench, came as little surprise given the options available at City, but underscored his importance by making an instant impression when he arrived in a triple substitution that saw Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus both in entered the duel. Phil Foden came off the bench to support Kevin De Bruyne. It will no doubt be an intriguing clash in Madrid as Simeone's men are forced to come out and play. That might suit City, who have had to be patient while looking for a winner at the Etihad. However, the danger is that Atletico can play, which is why more and more people are questioning their defensive tactics. Guardiola spoke about his opponents' attacking skills ahead of the game and insisted they don't get enough credit. Atletico had to force the issue against Liverpool earlier in the competition this season, wiping out their 2-0 lead in Spain before eventually losing 3-2. However, it underscores that the Spaniards are more than capable when they need to attack, meaning we could see a very different game a week from now. The different styles of Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola made for an intriguing encounter. Whatever anyone thinks of Atletico and the tactics they employ, one thing has to be credited to their coach and players, their willingness to commit to the cause. But telling Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann they won't see much of the ball and have a job to do for the team is another kettle of fish. City tried to lure Harry Kane away from Tottenham last season and failed. They reclaimed their Premier League crown playing with a false 9 while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus often watched from the bench. Guardiola's system paid off but the narrative was still that they needed a natural goalscorer. However, Atletico was another scenario that made you wonder if a striker would have made the difference. It's a double-edged sword on Guardiola's City side. But it's just as easy to forget that the wrong 9, in this case Bernardo, missing the left play allowed the cross in the first place. The short answer seems to be, based on City's exploits over the past 18 months, they'd probably be just as effective with a striker as without.

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Champions League result, final standings and reaction to De Bruyne winner

Man City vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Champions League result, full time standings and reaction to De Bruyne's winner 1-0 Manchester City Atletico Madrid: Follow all the action as Pep Guardiola's side take a lead in the quarter-finals first leg on Diego Simeone's LaLiga wins champions (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeaguePlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Man City vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Champions League result, full time standings and reaction as De Bruyne netted the winner in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. After City were frustrated by the visitors for much of the game, City finally broke through in the 70th minute when Phil Foden brought on Kevin De Bruyne, who expertly finished off Jan Oblak and gave them an opener for next week's second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano . Both Guardiola and his opponent Diego Simeone suffered heartbreaks in the final of this competition with their current clubs but City remain favorites at distance this time - albeit proving to be a big test for the Cityzens in the last eight. The winners of this clash meet either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals after last month's draw. Follow all the reactions below as Man City beat Atletico Madrid: GOAL! 70' - De Bruyn finally gives City the lead after Foden passes (1-0) HALF TIME! City dominate possession but fail to break Atletico defense (0-0) 22:10 , Dylan Terry "It was a really tough game," he said. "In the past they could have lost that game but Atletico didn't have a shot on goal." Substitutions changed the game and City were by far the better team. They kept their composure and I think they will go there and keep winning. “Can you find a way not to win at your best? The big players decide the big games, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden.” 22:06, De Bruyne's Dylan Terry More on their delicious clash against Liverpool on Sunday. He said: "It's five days until Sunday. Both teams played tonight. "It's a big game and everyone is looking forward to it, including the players." 10:05pm, Dylan Terry Match winner Kevin de Bruyne has shared his thoughts on the game. He told BT Sport: "The first half was tight, in the second half we had a couple of chances and it was good that we took one." I made the run and Phil [Foden] found me perfect, me I had to stay calm and luckily I made it. That's how they play. When the game is tight, they need to attack a little more. 21:55 , Dylan Terry Here's the winning moment. 21:50, Dylan Terry full-time: That's it. Manchester City go into the second leg in Spain with a deserved 1-0 lead. Kevin de Bruyne broke through in the 70th minute after a great game from substitute Phil Foden. Will both teams be happy with that? Atletico have to show a lot more forward if they want to reach the semifinals. 21:49 , Dylan Terry 90 + 2 minutes: Vrsaljko fouls Grealish again! It's the third time he's been substituted on and finally the Atletico Madrid full-back is in the book. Now Ederson has also been booked after protesting after a ball-less incident between Correa and Laporte. 21:47 , Dylan Terry 90+1min: Correa tries to get behind City's defense and force a corner, but Ake does an excellent job of winning the goal kick. The game is heading towards a 1-0 win for the English champions. 21:46 , Dylan Terry 90 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this period. 21:46, Dylan Terry 89 mins: Man City are testing but they're in no hurry to find a second goal. Grealish is fouled by Vrsaljko. The Englishman is then penalized for running in Vrsaljko when it looked like it was the other way around! 21:44 , Dylan Terry 88 min: Foden and De Bruyne connect again sensationally! Foden with a ridiculous pass with the outside of his boot finds De Bruyne in the box. The Belgian tries to pull back a cross, but it's blocked. Foden then tries his luck with a shot but he fires away from De Bruyne. Foden has been remarkable since coming on. 21:42, Dylan Terry 86 mins: Cancelo finds De Bruyne while City tries to break an Atletico Madrid move. The Portuguese full-back finds De Bruyne and he tries to score from 25 yards but it's way over the top. 21:41 , Dylan Terry 85 min: Jesus also receives a warning and will miss the second leg. 21:40 , Dylan Terry 83 mins: Handbags! Grealish goes down on the touchline and Correa smacks the ball in the leg and then the Manchester City man's face. Guardiola is right in front and he has some stern words for Correa before pulling Grealish away as he tries to interfere. Correa walks in the book. 21:39 , Dylan Terry 83 minutes: will both teams be happy with it? Man City don't take player signings lightly. 21:37 , Dylan Terry 81 min: Thomas Lemar has entered the fight in place of Joao Felix. 21:37 , Dylan Terry 81 minutes: Magic from Foden! Twinkle toes inside the box as he defeats two Atletico Madrid players before squaring for De Bruyne whose shot is blocked by Felipe! 21:35, Dylan Terry 79 mins: Vrsaljko sends a good cross into Manchester City's box and it almost falls for Cunha, but Stones does enough to put the ball back to Ederson. A little more space for the hosts now at Atletico have caught up on the pitch. 21:33, Dylan Terry 77 mins: Kondogbia goes down in a chase with Rodri. The Manchester City midfielder doesn't look like he did anything wrong but the free-kick is awarded right in the City half. He gets wedged towards the back post and Laporte deals with it. 21:31, Dylan Terry 76 mins: Atletico Madrid didn't really worry Ederson all night. That has to change at some point in this duel. But will they wait for the second leg? It's a risky game. 21:31, Dylan Terry 74 minutes: City is right back at Atletico's neck. They feel like they can get that job done tonight. De Bruyne tries to push it through to Jesus but Felipe is over to cut off the pass. De Bruyne then fouls Kondogbia and Atletico have some relief. 21:29 , Dylan Terry 21:28 , Dylan Terry 72 minutes: Seismic goal in this tie. Will Atlético now try to find a goal? 21:26, Dylan Terry 70 mins: Foden off the bench and he puts it on for De Bruyne! The replacement makes an immediate impression! Foden picks up the ball 25 yards from goal. He looks up and finds De Bruyne with a pass through Reinaldo's legs and De Bruyne sweeps the ball past Oblak! 21:25, Dylan Terry 68 minutes: Three substitutions for Manchester City. Grealish, Foden and Jesus for Mahrez, Gundogan and Sterling. Rodrigo de Paul goes straight into the book for a late challenge against Grealish! 21:23 , Dylan Terry 67 min: Big appeals! De Bruyne tries to slide a pass to Sterling and the Englishman goes down under pressure from Felipe. 21:22 , Dylan Terry 66 mins: Crowd frustration is definitely growing as Man City's passing eases off a bit. Atletico will surpass that. It's going into the last quarter of the first leg. 21:21 , Dylan Terry Calvary arrives for Atletico. 21:20, Dylan Terry 64 minutes: Sterling pits under pressure from Felipe. There was a little nudge, but not enough for a penalty. However, Felipe nods away after a corner and City has another chance to load the penalty area. It comes and Laporte has a free header! He jumps and hits the ball but can't quite get over it and he's a few yards over the top. 21:18 , Dylan Terry 62 minutes: In the last few minutes, both teams have returned to their formations from the first half. Manchester City are playing a rather slow build-up while Atletico sit deep. Phil Foden is warming up pretty intense now. 21:16, Dylan Terry 60 min: Here come the substitutions. Koke, Griezmann and Llorente are replacing De Paul, Correa and Cunha. 21:13 , Dylan Terry 58 minutes: It's getting a bit stingy here, as Mahrez finds some space and Koke quickly makes the foul. Another hallmark of Atleti. The free kick is quickly taken to Sterling and he tries his luck with a low shot over the goal that rolls wide. 21:12, Dylan Terry 56 mins: De Bruyne is on target this time and Oblak is clever on his left to save! He smothers the ball the second time. City has a shot on goal! 21:11, Dylan Terry 54 minutes: Free kick for Manchester City 30 yards from goal. De Bruyne plays briefly to Gundogan and he lays it down to Mahrez who is then fouled 10 yards closer! This time it's 22 meters or so in front of the goal. 21:08, Dylan Terry 52 minutes: De Bruyne brings it briefly to Mahrez, but Felipe heads clear. Atletico then break again and they have three up! Koke tries to find Llorente with an inch-perfect pass but he had to give it to Felix on the other side! Llorente collects it on the edge of the area, but his cross/shot goes straight into Ederson's arms. A waste. Atletico already looks much stronger. 21:06, Dylan Terry 50 min: A sign for the future? The crowd is up and there's already more energy for this second half. That will play into the hands of Manchester City. The hosts still have a corner. 21:05, Dylan Terry 48 min: Best chance of the game for Man City! De Bruyne whips a ball into Gundogan. The German pans and rolls one towards the far corner which Sterling tries to deflect the goal but it's wide. Picked up an Atletico player and goes to the corner. Atletico then suddenly break out of the resulting corner! However, he slows down and decides to find Felix on the left but gets the pass wrong and it goes on a throw. It was an opportunity for both sides. 21:02 , Dylan Terry 47 min: Oh, hello! 21:01 , Dylan Terry 46 min: Right, the players are out again. 20:57 , Dylan Terry second leg comes then. 20:53 , Dylan Terry Goalless, yes. 20:47, Dylan Terry Halftime: No stoppage time at the end of the first half. At all. Atletico Madrid will be very happy. Manchester City with some thought. 20:46, Dylan Terry 45 min: Still no shots on goal in the match. 20:44 , Dylan Terry 44 min: Silva tries to create something, but a swarm of red and white shirts immediately surrounds him. He goes down, but the referee has nothing of it. Stones tries his luck from 25 yards... that will never bother Oblak as it sails over the bar. 20:42, Dylan Terry 42 mins: De Bruyne appeals for a penalty after going down between two Atletico Madrid defenders in the penalty area. Felipe made contact, but De Bruyne met him more often than the other way around. The ball was already gone. Atletico starts at the end of the first half (first leg!) lost time 20:41 , Dylan Terry 40 mins: Cancelo and De Bruyne with a little mix up as Belgian plays a pass when his teammate has already run somewhere else. But City have so much time on the ball that they can pick it up again straight away without an Atleti challenge. De Bruyne then sends another cross straight into Oblak's arms. 20:39, Dylan Terry 38 mins: Mahrez shoves a nice through ball into Cancelo on the right side of the box, but his low cross is collected by Oblak. Rodri then attempts a similar pass into Cancelo but it's a bit too much on this one.Manchester City must try to contain their frustrations.Atletico have a rare attack going forward but Vrsaljko's pass is too early as Llorente doesn't recover can bring to the side. 20:36 , Dylan Terry 36 min: Five attempts for Manchester City to none for Atletico. I'll let you find out who's got what.Hint: The city is attacking again. 20:34 , Dylan Terry 34 min: Nothing is going for Atletico at the moment. A high ball clearly comes from Ake but the assistant referee gives the throw to Manchester City, much to Llorente's confusion. Atletico finally defuse City's pressure as Felix pulls a foul from De Bruyne. 20:33 , Dylan Terry How to mine them? 20:32, Dylan Terry 32 minutes: De Bruyne's corner is saved by Felix at the near post. De Bruyne then sends another cross but it's too close to Oblak. But City immediately got the ball back. 20:31, Dylan Terry 30 mins: Kondogbia dribbles the ball towards the halfway line but he has nothing to aim for in front of him and Rodri wins it back with a perfectly timed tackle, his slide challenge excellent and the hosts take a corner. 20:29, Dylan Terry 28 mins: Stones makes a tag to Sterling on the left. City keep checking before Cancelo attempts a clean pass in the box to Mahrez who dribbles out of play. Incidentally, Atletico does not take any risks with the kick-offs. 20:27, Dylan Terry 26 mins: Another decent chance to create something for Atletico as Felix tries to put Koke behind City's defence. He plays the pass but Laporte just ducks for cover before earning a free kick. It goes without saying that Atletico will need to make the most of their limited time in the City half tonight. 20:25 , Dylan Terry 24 mins: Atletico Madrid finally find a way into the Manchester City half as Felix shoots inside and out before Cancelo comes over to collect the ball with a really classy defense. 20:24 , Dylan Terry All Manchester City midway through the first half. 20:23 , Dylan Terry 22 minutes: There are so few places in this Atletico Madrid defense. They play with three centre-backs, remember that. Corner to Manchester City as they work it short to Gundogan on the edge of the box. Gundogan takes the shot but snaps for it and it goes well over the bar. 20:21, Dylan Terry 20 min: Everything is going through Cancelo at the moment. He pushes it to De Bruyne on the edge of the box but Felipe is over to wipe out the threat before the Belgian can try to get a shot away. Another Cancelo cross into the box but Mahrez fails to cross his marker on time and Oblak claims again. 20:20 , Dylan Terry 18 min: Every time Atletico grabs the ball, it's recaptured by Manchester City within three or four seconds. Relentless pressure from the hosts without much of a chance. Cancello drives forward and deposits on Mahrez on the right side. He whips in a dangerous cross that Gundogan narrowly dodges down the middle as Oblak leaps for the ball. 20:17, Dylan Terry 16 mins: It was all Manchester City after fifteen minutes at the Etihad Stadium. Atletico Madrid barely got a kick in the opposing half. But that's what they do. Rodri tries to pass Cancelo a pass but it's wayward and Atletico take a throw-in. A total of 69 percent ball possession so far for the hosts. 20:15, Dylan Terry 14 mins: Laporte is first in the corner but it's a long way from Oblak's goal. City started this game with a majority, but there's no doubt about that. Penalty appeal! Sterling jumps in and out of a couple of Atletico challenges before going under outside of the area. 20:13, Dylan Terry 12 mins: Mahrez slices a ball inside for De Bruyne, but the Belgian can't quite access it before sliding off slippery service. It's rainy Manchester weather tonight. City get back in front as Cancelo delivers a cross towards Gundogan but is cleared before the German. De Bruyne then tries his luck and Vrsaljko blocks it for a corner. 20:10 , Dylan Terry The respect is there. 20:10, Dylan Terry 10 mins: De Bruyne finds Cancelo 25 yards from goal and the Portuguese defender decides to take the shot. He tries his luck and it takes off an Atletico shirt but doesn't quite fall to Sterling in the penalty area. First signs of space for the Premier League leaders. 20:09, Dylan Terry 8 mins: Late challenge from Kondogbia to Cancelo. The Atletico midfielder was sensational for his side at Old Trafford last month but he gives City an opportunity to send a free-kick into the box after the foul. De Bruyne swings in but Savic flicks a clear header. Atletico then try to break, but Felix is ​​the only player forward and four city shirts surround him to close the space and eliminate the danger. 20:06, Dylan Terry 6 mins: Bernardo Silva seems to be the central point of attack for Manchester City, with Sterling on the left, Mahrez on the right and De Bruyne as number 10. Plenty of passes from the hosts so far. 20:05, Dylan Terry 4 mins: Atletico barely have a kick for the first three minutes before Laporte goes over the top looking for Sterling and finds it just too hard for the England international to bring him down. City pinned Atletico in their own half early stages. No real surprise. Llorente is eventually found in the City half after a hooked pass by Felix, but he fouls Ake and City comes forward again. 20:02, Dylan Terry 2 mins: It's Cancelo on the right and Nathan Ake on the left for Manchester City. Atletico immediately revert to their defensive form as the hosts begin their long evening in the visitors' half. 20:01, Dylan Terry 1 min: Here we go. It's Manchester City versus Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16. 19:57 , Dylan Terry Players step onto the field as we speak. It's Manchester City's blue against Atletico Madrid's red and white. 19:56 , Dylan Terry The Etihad is packed for tonight's Champions League quarter-finals. It really has a great feel to it. Sometimes this competition is unbeatable. 19:53 , Dylan Terry He told BT Sport: “We have to be ourselves. We want to try to impose our game all the time. "But of course Atletico have qualities, they're Spanish champions and they've always had good results in Europe and they've been a tough opponent in the knockout stages for a decade." 19:51 , Dylan Terry So then, less than 10 minutes until kick-off at the Etihad! 19:49 , Dylan Terry Diego Simeone on how he plans to attack Manchester City challenge. "We will play where we think we can hurt them," he said. "We will use our qualities that we have been playing for years and continue to compete." But City are a nice side to watch. What I like most about teams that play as well as they do is the strength and effort they put into winning back the ball while continuing to play offensively. “They have some great players – Sterling, De Bruyne – but what wakes me up is they run, they press, they're always active. That's what all managers want.” 19:44 , Dylan Terry Atletico Madrid are in good form. They may have been eliminated from the LaLiga title race but have won every one of their last six games in all competitions. Simeone has not experienced a defeat since mid-February. 19:38 , Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola has won two of his three previous matches against Diego Simeone. Or can the Argentine equalize? It's a little over 20 minutes until kick-off. 19:36, Dylan Terry A reminder that away goals do not apply in this year's Champions League. So less fear for Man City fans this evening, but also a little less drama for us neutrals. I'm not a fan of them scrapping the rule. 19:30 , Dylan Terry Miguel seems to be suggesting it could well be Ake at left-back and Cancelo at right-back. Delaney knows best, hence my theory of a Stones-Ake-Laporte-Cancelo (R-L) defense. 19:26 , Dylan Terry England internationals Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have to settle for places on the bench as this big Champions League clash begins. Very few clubs could do that and very few people would notice. 7:24pm, Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola refused to engage in any mind games when asked if Diego Simeone was playing an ugly football. The Spaniard replied: "I will not speak for a second about this stupid debate." Everyone is trying to win the game. It's for the players, the difference will be there.” 19:19 , Dylan Terry Atletico Madrid have not progressed past the quarter-finals since reaching the last four of the 2016/17 season. On this occasion, they were beaten by Real Madrid, who secured their second place three Champions Leagues in a row. 19:15 , Dylan Terry A reminder that Man City have the trifle to welcome Liverpool to the Etihad on Sunday in what could well turn out to be a Premier League decision. Of course, Pep doesn't think about it. He said : "If people think I'm going to play the same game against Atletico and Liverpool, I don't think so because Liverpool's movements are completely different than Atletico - mostly because the players are all different." That's why I love it to rethink and create stupid tactics and if we don't win I'll be punished. I will be inspired and use incredible tactics [on Tuesday]. We're playing 12!” 19:10 , Dylan Terry Here's some good stats from today's meeting. 19:08 , Dylan Terry So now the team news is out, has anyone changed their prediction for tonight? Here's our personal verdict on Harry Latham-Coyle ahead of tonight's clash. "Atletico Madrid will be tough for Manchester City, particularly away from home, but Pep Guardiola's side should be able to take a narrow advantage from the first leg in Spain for the second leg. Manchester City 2-1 Atlético Madrid.” 19:03 , Dylan Terry Former Liverpool player Luis Suarez has to settle for a place on the bench. However, there is a feeling that he will have something to say in this duel - whether positive or negative. 19:01 , Dylan Terry What do we think of Guardiola's starting XI then? But instead of Cancelo at right-back and Zinchenko at left-back, Guardiola has gone with Stones on the right and Cancelo on the left. He also picked Raheem Sterling over Phil Foden. 18:56 , Dylan Terry And the team they will face. 18:54 , Dylan Terry Here is Pep's all-important starting line-up. 18:49 , Dylan Terry A reminder that this is the English champions against the Spanish champions. It doesn't quite feel that way though considering Atletico are poorly defending their LaLiga title. Simeone's men are 12 points behind local rivals Real Madrid with just eight games remaining. 18:47 , Dylan Terry There is another Champions League game tonight. Liverpool have traveled to Portugal for the first leg of the round of 16 against Benfica. Jurgen Klopp's men are looking to book a place in the semis against either Villarreal or Bayern Munich. You can track this by clicking the link below. 18:42 , Dylan Terry Guardiola vs. Simeone is one of those Champions League duels that are typical of the opposing styles of football, especially modern football. I'm not saying which is better, I'll let you answer that. 18:38 , Dylan Terry "Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape Man City's showdown with Atletico Madrid". This is the latest article from The Independent's Miguel Delaney. He believes Simeone could unleash another unpredictable 'episode' of Guardiola in the Champions League. Why Pep Guardiola's story with Diego Simeone will shape City vs Atletico 18:34 Atletico Madrid boss Dylan Terry Diego Simeone has admitted ahead of tonight's clash that Manchester City have better players than them. The Argentina coach said: "There is no doubt that Manchester City have exceptional players. I'm sure they have better players than us.” Manchester City and Bayern Munich are favorites because of the qualities of their players. But Chelsea won last season and not many people expected that.” 18:30 , Dylan Terry About 30 minutes until we know the starting line-up for tonight. That's what Pep Guardiola had to say yesterday when asked if he was "reconsidering" his tactics ahead of big clashes in the Champions League. He said: "In the Champions League I always overthink. I love thinking and coming up with stupid tactics. We play at 12.” 18:25 , Dylan Terry Pep Guardiola knows what it's like to be knocked out of the Champions League by Diego Simeone. In the semifinals of 2016, Simeone mastered an away win against Guardiola's Bayern Munich. If he can win this duel, it could be even more impressive. 18:21 , Dylan Terry Jose Gimenez has not traveled with the Atletico Madrid squad after being substituted in the weekend's win over Alaves, leaving Diego Simeone without his key centre-back , and it has been reported that the midfielder will play in this round of 16 could miss both games. 18:18 , Dylan Terry Manchester City will be without two defenders with Kyle Walker suspended and Ruben Dias still on his way back after a hamstring problem. John Stones did not start the win over Burnley but Pep Guardiola has suggested that the defender be placed on the bench as a precaution and allowed to start. 18:15 , Dylan Terry After three straight quarter-final eliminations, Guardiola finally led Man City past the last eight as they progressed to the final 12 months ago. But Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side prevailed in Porto, so the wait continues for Manchester City's blue side to become European champions. Many consider them the best club side on the continent, but can they finally prove it? 18:13 , Dylan Terry Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Manchester City v Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg. Pep Guardiola is still awaiting his third Champions League trophy as manager and his first since winning Barcelona in 2011. But tonight and next week, long-time favorite Diego Simeone and his cunning Atletico Madrid side stand in his way. It promises to be a fascinating encounter. 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Foden thwarts Simeone's Atletico championship ahead of Man City's crucial week

With the return leg in Madrid and Liverpool looming, Phil Foden signaled Pep Guardiola that he should start in Manchester City's upcoming gantlet. (Author: Gardener)

AtleticoMANCHESTER, England - For almost 70 minutes, Atletico Madrid hosted a Diego Simeone masterclass at the Etihad Stadium. And then Phil Foden came along. The 21-year-old England midfielder came on as a substitute in the 68th minute and less than 90 seconds later Manchester City were 1-0 up and on course to secure a perfect start to a 10-day streak that ended it could ultimately define it It's Liverpool on Sunday in the Premier League, followed by the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday, then the FA Cup semi-final with Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday. In just 20 minutes, Foden did everything here to start them all. He made the difference in the Champions League quarter-final first leg so big that goalscorer Kevin De Bruyne went straight over after the final whistle to offer a hug and handshake. Had Foden remained on the bench, City might not have found a way through Simeone's rigid game plan and would travel to Spain next week with a draw on the razor's edge. - ESPN+ Viewer Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more Get it now "A difficult game against a strong opponent, it's so difficult to find gaps," said Guardiola afterwards. "They defend so well, so compact and so deep, and we need that talent, like Phil showed in close quarters. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to win 3-0 or 4-0." Games against Atletico are often decided by subtle differences by Simeone's design, but Foden is good enough to thread a pinpoint pass through the tightest of spaces. "We tried to keep it tight, to use the counterattack. They didn't score in the first half but we couldn't hurt them either," Simeone said after the game. "In the second half we had some more dangerous counterattacks, then they scored. A very tactical game, both [coaches] are watching what he's going through.” Guardiola and Simeone wore the same long black coat on the touchline to protect themselves from the rain in Manchester, but their footballing styles could not have been more different. For a long time, Atletico's red-and-white kits holed up in two rows in front of Jan Oblak's goal, while Guardiola spent most of the first half telling John Stones - his centre-back - to push the pitch higher. City had 80% possession after 20 minutes, although Guardiola seemed aware of the danger lurking in the Spanish champions' low block. Every time Atletico spread the traps, even if it was from the edge of their own box, Guardiola would crouch down in his technical area bracing for the worst. Twice in the first five minutes Atletico attempted to play into space behind Nathan Ake, substituting for left-back in the reshuffle that saw Joao Cancelo switch to right-back to compensate for Kyle Walker's absence through suspension. But Atletico's threat was limited throughout the night. At his press conference on Monday, Guardiola seemed annoyed at the idea of ​​Atletico being a mostly defense-focused team. Simeone's side went into the game at half-time without a shot at Ederson or even a corner. It may not be football for drooling, but Atletico have turned defending into an art form and two-thirds into the game City's best chance was a header from Aymeric Laporte from a corner. "They are very good," added Guardiola. They are very good at many things and have the patience and time to defend themselves for long periods of time. We'll go there to score and try to win again, but it wasn't until Foden came on - who was featured alongside Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus - that it looked like they were likely to make it one in 29. Almost immediately he picked up the ball in a tight space on the edge of the box and pulled five Atletico defenders towards him and lifted his head to shove a pass to De Bruyne. It was one of two standout moments of quality in the game, the other coming again from Foden as he danced his way down the baseline to create another chance De Bruyne: "We thought he was going to start, he's very dynamic, very fast, powerful in completing moves,” Simeone said of Foden. “He came into play in the second half. All three that appeared have good qualities. I like watching Manchester play, the patience they have to play Same conversation. Keep influencing the biggest games and it won't be long before he takes center stage. He should get another chance against Liverpool on Sunday when City's season reaches a critical juncture.

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Is everything going wrong for Arsenal in the top 4 fight?

Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League after losing 3-0 at Crystal Palace; the Gunners have a game against the Spurs in fourth place but have a tougher run-in; Injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey have rubbed salt in Arsenal's wounds (Author: Gardener)

4Arsenal could lose the race for Champions League football. But as the Premier League enters its final six-week period, the picture suddenly looks very different. Two defeats in three Premier League games, including a terrible 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Monday night, leave Mikel Arteta's side in for a real battle to get back into the top four. Now it's the Gunners' arch-rivals Tottenham who are on form after three wins and occupying the coveted fourth place that deserves a place at the top of European football next season. Arsenal have the slight luxury of a game in hand against Spurs, although the task of heading to Chelsea later this month in need of a win feels a lot less comfortable. That crucial game at Stamford Bridge on April 20 marks the start of a difficult run for the Gunners, with a home game against Manchester United quickly following that game before heading to West Ham in early May. It has made Arsenal's next two games - at home against Brighton and away at Southampton - competitive. Monday night's poor performance at Crystal Palace came as a shock in terms of the form book - but a closer look at Arsenal's recent performances suggests that sort of result is imminent. Arteta's side failed to find momentum in a difficult atmosphere at Selhurst Park and her first shot on goal came in the last shot of the first half. Clinical finishing, particularly from the open game, has been a concern for the Gunners in recent weeks. Their troubles are underscored by the fact that they haven't scored a single goal from non-set pieces in their last four games dating back to March 6. Arsenal have averaged just 3.75 shots per game in their last four Premier League games, so they're not making much strides to actually test the opposing goalkeeper. Within minutes of the second half, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard missed clear chances to put Arsenal back in the game from a 2-0 deficit. Arsenal have been guilty of similar mistakes in the past. In one of their games against Liverpool last month, Odegaard missed a glorious chance to put the Gunners ahead through Thiago's loose back pass - but failed to convert past goalkeeper Alisson. And against Manchester City, Gabriel Martinelli missed a great chance on New Year's Day when the score was 1-1. The importance of that missed opportunity grew when Rodri scored in added time to give City the win. Similar concerns were raised in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Burnley when Arteta's side failed to score from 75 per cent possession and 20 shots on target. Arsenal failed to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window, leaving Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as their only recognized forwards. Lacazette has shown this season that he can bring skills other than scoring goals in the center forward role. In the 10 league games since Aubameyang became the Gunners' captain before leaving the club, he scored three goals and added seven assists for Arteta's squad. But the Frenchman has scored just four league goals this season, half of them from the penalty spot. Compare Arsenal's plight to Tottenham's escape from goal. No team has fired more shots on or off target than Antonio Conte's side since Arsenal last scored from an open goal. The data also shows Spurs creating better chances in front of goal over the same period. To make matters worse for Arsenal, their injury woes are piling up at this crucial part of the season. Preparation for Monday's defeat by Crystal Palace was marred by an injury to left-back Kieran Tierney, with Arteta describing the setback as "not positive" in view of the Scotland international's return to the season opener. This meant 22-year-old full-back Nuno Tavares was drafted into the league to replace Tierney in just his seventh start of the season, and his lack of minutes clearly showed he was partly to blame for the Eagles' two first-half goals. He was pulled off at half-time by Arteta, who branded the decision 'tactical'. The Portugal full-back has endured some tough games in an Arsenal shirt in recent months, particularly away from home. He was similarly sloppy in December's away defeat at Everton before being substituted off for tactical reasons after just 35 minutes of the FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest. The stats show that while Tierney's and Tavares' stats are similar, the latter is more lax on the defensive end than the Scot, who will be a major failure should he be out for the rest of the season. Arsenal have other options in that role at left-back, including Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka - but both were used in the role around this time last year and the Gunners' season fell apart. Adding salt to the Gunners' wounds, Thomas Partey limped away after straining a muscle in the run-up to Palace's third goal, with Arsenal's No 5 expected to be another significant absentee. The absence of the Ghanaian midfielder earlier this calendar year due to the Africa Cup of Nations appearance and suspension was another somber period for the Gunners. In the four games Partey missed in January, Arsenal did not score during that period. It wasn't until the midfielder returned to the team in February that Arteta's side started winning again. The Gunners' recent injuries mean Arteta's thin, young squad - made in this way since there was no European football this season - is impossibly small now. Palace have had three academy products on the bench this season without the first team playing a single minute. "It's what we have, it's the numbers we have," Arteta said immediately after the Palace defeat. “With the players we have we will keep trying like we have done since the start of the season but we never had a big squad so we can't make excuses. Again, Arsenal's injury woes are strikingly comparable to Tottenham's fitness woes The white half of north London were more proactive in the transfer market in January, bringing in Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski who have made Tottenham 'more complete', according to Conte. Arsenal, on the other hand, have adamantly opted not to sign anyone, including These January decisions could be crucial when it comes to determining which north London postcode will host next season's Champions League. In the last two seasons, it hasn't been a goal at Emirates Stadium to fight for the Champions League, but Arteta could watch last season Arsenal was involved in this race with concern. In the 2018/19 season, Unai Emery's Gunners were short-lived a handful of matches to go before a top-four finish, with the club sitting just third in April this season. But a horrific clash saw everything go awry - and a loss to Palace heralded the season-ending collapse. The 3-2 home loss to the Eagles in April was the start of a run of three straight league defeats for Arsenal, who then suddenly dropped out of the top four. A 1-1 home draw with Brighton – and a Europa League final defeat by Chelsea saw those ambitions fade away for this season. They have scored just one Premier League goal since February 12 - and failed to find a goal after 29 shots on goal in their goalless draw against Norwich on Saturday. Win and the pressure mounts on Tottenham ahead of their Saturday night football match at Aston Villa, live on Sky Sports.

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