RB Leipzig and Man City share spoils in the first leg of their Champions League clash
On the 22nd of February, RB Leipzig welcomed Manchester City to the Red Bull Arena in the first leg of their Champions League knockout stage clash. Manchester City came into the game as the favorites, with star striker Erling Haaland in fine form. However, it was a frustrating night for the Citizens, who failed to convert their dominance into goals.
Despite dominating possession in the first half, Manchester City failed to create any clear cut chances, but they did manage to go ahead through a Riyad Mahrez goal in the 27th minute. RB Leipzig came back stronger in the second half and dominated possession, creating numerous chances. They finally got their reward when Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol equalized in the 70th minute, securing a 1-1 draw for the German side.
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, was widely questioned for not making any substitutions in the game despite having the likes of Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden on the bench. This lack of tactical changes from Guardiola left many fans and pundits wondering what the outcome of the game would have been had he made changes earlier in the game.
Despite the disappointing result, Manchester City will still feel in control of the tie, going into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium in three weeks' time. However, RB Leipzig will take heart from their performance and hope to cause an upset and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.