Pep Guardiola’s masterclass against Zinedine Zidane, Real-Barça’s standoff announced for Lautaro Martinez, here is your press review of the day.
In Madrid they are bitter this Thursday morning. “Collapsed” even headlines the newspaper Marca. Real Madrid lost 2 goals to 1 on their home against Manchester City. In eight minutes, the Madrid went from 1-0 to 1-2, while seeing Sergio Ramos get kicked out. A dirty evening for the Spaniards who will be forced to achieve a feat in England for the return match.
On the front page of Catalonia, Sport is of course happy to see Real Madrid lose, but also happy to see Pep Guardiola win. Especially this way. The Spanish coach is indeed the main architect of this success. “A tactical Pep masterclass,” judges the Daily Mail. “Guardiola gave Zidane a lesson,” says the Corriere dello Sport. And to explain all this, the Times speaks best about it: “Pep Guadiola caused a sensation with his team in an unusual 4-4-2. He left Sergio Agüero on the bench and used Gabriel Jesus in a surprising way. Normally in the center forward position, he was positioned last night as a winger. He even had a defensive role before projecting himself forward and notably being the author of the equalizing goal for City ”.
We finish with a small transfer window info. According to the Catalan media Mundo Deportivo, we are heading towards a standoff between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for the recruitment of the interior designer Lautaro Martinez. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has just interfered in the negotiations when the Argentinian striker was rather tipped for a transfer to Barça. Case to follow…