Real Madrid punished for ‘relying on their history’ against Manchester City

Real Madrid stunned Manchester City in last year’s Champions League with a pair of stoppage-time goals from Rodrygo and an extra-time aggregate winner from Karim Benzema. 

On Wednesday night, there was no such heroics from Real Madrid as Manchester City thrashed the Spanish side 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes the Blancos may have expected a comeback to materialise without needing to work for it, while Manchester City carried more urgency.

“Tonight you saw a team that were playing to get to get their first Champions League title versus a team who were relying on their history in the competition,” Lescott told BT Sport. “Manchester City took their chance devastatingly.”