Kevin De Bruyne didn’t like being replaced by Julián Alvarez and Guardiola was blunt: ‘Tactical decision’

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For the first leg of the quarterfinals of Champions League, Manchester City they got a nice home win by beating 3-0 Bayern Monaco. Although the result left the England side with a foot and a half in the semi-final, there was a tense moment during the game when Kevin DeBruyne had to be replaced.

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Pep Guardiola decided to replace it with Giuliano Alvarezwhich clearly annoyed the Belgian, who at the exit he did not applaud his companion nor did he welcome his coach when he approached him to speak to him.

In any case, the change of the Spanish DT was successful, given that the entry of the Argentine forward changed the face of the team during the second half of the game. First of all, his presence was essential to accompany Haaland in attack; then, he was tasked with sending in the cross for the Norwegian to score the third goal.

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At the end of the game, Guardiola explained the reason for the change, because at first it was thought that his decision was linked to De Bruyne’s injury: “tactical decision. Julian for him. I saw the show and made the decision. At that moment we needed extra energy from Julian. I’m here to make the decisions and that’s my greatest quality.”

City dreams of the semi-final

At home, precisely at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens beat the Bavarians 3-0 with goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland. Now the English have to go to Germany to keep the result of the first leg.

The match will take place on Wednesday 19 April at 16:00 (Argentina time) at the Allianz Arena. City, who are ahead, are hoping to make it back to the semi-finals as they did in the 21/22 season. That time he remained one step away from the final after being eliminated by Real Madrid.

Source: Clarin

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