Home Football Manchester City’s magisterial win a triumph of composure and philosophy | Jonathan...

Manchester City’s magisterial win a triumph of composure and philosophy | Jonathan Wilson

14

There have been more obviously brilliant performances by City but none surely so calm or complete as PSG lost their heads

Everywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball at an opponent. There was Marco Verratti, seconds after being booked, pulling Riyad Mahrez’s shirt. There was Presnel Kimpembe and Danilo flying into challenges. There was Mauricio Pochettino, having at one point marched on to the pitch to try to calm his side, giving up and sitting glowering on the bench. And there was the Dutch referee Bjorn Kuijpers smiling beatifically, determinedly keeping 21 players on the pitch, although had one of those late lunges brought a serious injury, his failure to produce more than one red card would have seemed questionable.

And against that, as bottle went and dignity with it, were Manchester City, implacable and magisterial. Perhaps it is easy to look mature when the immediate comparison is a team of Veruca Salts but, still, this was a side that have suffered blow-out after blow-out in Europe, led by a coach who has come to be as defined by his struggles with the caprices of the Champions League as by his successes elsewhere. They could have wobbled, as they have so often in the past, but they did not. There have been more obviously brilliant performances by City, but none surely so composed or so complete.

Continue reading…There have been more obviously brilliant performances by City but none surely so calm or complete as PSG lost their headsEverywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball at an opponent. There was Marco Verratti, seconds after being booked, pulling Riyad Mahrez’s shirt. There was Presnel Kimpembe and Danilo flying into challenges. There was Mauricio Pochettino, having at one point marched on to the pitch to try to calm his side, giving up and sitting glowering on the bench. And there was the Dutch referee Bjorn Kuijpers smiling beatifically, determinedly keeping 21 players on the pitch, although had one of those late lunges brought a serious injury, his failure to produce more than one red card would have seemed questionable.And against that, as bottle went and dignity with it, were Manchester City, implacable and magisterial. Perhaps it is easy to look mature when the immediate comparison is a team of Veruca Salts but, still, this was a side that have suffered blow-out after blow-out in Europe, led by a coach who has come to be as defined by his struggles with the caprices of the Champions League as by his successes elsewhere. They could have wobbled, as they have so often in the past, but they did not. There have been more obviously brilliant performances by City, but none surely so composed or so complete. Continue reading…