Bellingham and Nunes – City’s defeat to Real Madrid goes back to last summer

Despite being the better team over the two legs, City weren’t able to score a second goal at the Etihad and came unstuck in the penalty shootout. There’s no shortage of tactical analysis for these big games, and everyone agress it comes down to fine margins.

What tipped those fine margins in Madrid’s favour? Well, events off the pitch affect those on it, and away from the xG and heat maps we can go back to the topic of last summer’s transfer window.

Put simply, Jude Bellingham was City’s top target, yet chose Madrid while City somehow ended up with Matheus Nunes who failed to make it off the bench in both legs. Bellingham was kept fairly quiet by City, but imagine if the situation was reversed with Bellingham playing for City while Madrid had Nunes. It’s easy to imagine a different outcome.

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Transfer talk: Spanish press suggest Kaka for Adebayor swap deal

Once again Kaka is being linked with a move to City, this time in a possible swap with Emmanuel Adebayor. Kaka to City is hardly an original story, yet this potential deal provokes some interesting thoughts.

Kaka has suffered injuries and a loss of form since his transfer to Madrid. In fact his form had been slipping prior to leaving Milan. Ozil is Mourinho’s signing and prefered creative midfielder.

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