Manchester City came back in dramatic style to win 3-2 at Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Raheem Sterling scoring an injury-time winner to give the Etihad Stadium outfit the advantage heading into the second leg.
The Premier League champions took a controversial lead through Sergio Aguero before the hosts’ Nabil Bentaleb equalised via penalty and then, as referee Carlos del Cerro Grande pointed to the spot for a second time, fired his side into the lead.
A spectacular Leroy Sane free-kick, though, cancelled out the Algerian’s brace and Sterling’s last-gasp strike gave the Cityzens a handy third away goal.
Is Jurgen Klopp a “serial bottler”? The fan in the video below certainly thinks so…
Despite the result eventually going in his favour, City boss Pep Guardiola downplayed his side’s chances of winning the European competition, saying that their performance showed they are unfit to challenge.
For their title rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, a tough task is ahead having drawn 0-0 with Bayern Munich at Anfield Stadium the day before – a visit to the Allianz Arena awaits in March.
The Reds are currently locked in battle with the Manchester outfit for the Premier League title and, having reached the final of the Champions League last year, will surely be gutted if they cannot beat City to at least one piece of silverware.
Given the quality at Guardiola’s disposal, it would certainly be a shock if they didn’t impress in the knockout stages. The Kop are bemused by the Spaniard’s admission, as you can tell from the Twitter reactions down below…
Wow !! Over a billion quid on players ( and that’s just the defence ) and he’s not ready 🤦🏼♂️. What chance have all the others. Turn it in.
— Simon Pearson (@MikePearso36) February 21, 2019
Must need to spend another €150 million
— Paul O’Driscoll (@podge1971) February 21, 2019
He’s right.. as soon as they come up against a decent team they fold like a Samsung…
— John Hughes (@johnat24) February 21, 2019
After spending all that money, is he having a laugh ??
— Steven Walsh (@guflfc82) February 21, 2019
Just another way of saying they cannot challenge for the champions league.
The competition isn’t all about squad depth. You have to have the know-how, hence the reason Liverpool reached the finals last year. And beat Man city by the way.
— ?? El-jeebreel LFC ?? (@MukhtarJibril10) February 21, 2019
Jus mind https://t.co/nNCbk9lWrY their nxt opponents in e quarters will be relaxed.
— thulani puthi (@CYLANI09) February 21, 2019
— Daniel (@Dulzy83) February 21, 2019
Not this season, not any season. That’s why Aston Villa have a better European pedigree than City
— LesNauges Perceus (@1flewovertheba1) February 21, 2019