Football, bloody hell! Sir Alex Ferguson may have immortalized these words, but Manchester City have discovered their true meaning. Pep Guardiola and Associates. She was minutes away from reaching the Champions League final for the second time in a row.
But, Los Blancos Scored twice in injury time to force overtime. Karim Benzema continued his historic season with another cold penalty kick to prove why Real Madrid is the kings of the tournament.
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Real Madrid Club May 4, 2022
Guardiola showed his cards early on by bringing in defensive reinforcements, but it didn’t work out. However, Jack Grealish was one of the guys who had another bad outing. The £100m striker had two great tie-kill chances in the last five minutes, but a combination of poor finishing and superb reflexes prevented him.
It was 1-0 when Grealish came in and City were sailing. He missed two massive chances and could not help but follow them as his team collapsed into a humiliating defeat.
It wasn’t Jack’s best first season, was it? 😕 pic.twitter.com/Wbx6UD7iuO
– Football Tweet ⚽ (Football__Tweet) May 4, 2022
Manchester City was suspended towards the end of the match, and Guardiola’s decisions will be under scrutiny. Furthermore, Kyle Walker’s injury didn’t help matters either. However, Grealish will take much of the blame in a season filled with mediocrity.
Of course, it’s not all about Jack Grealish. His teammates missed several great chances, especially in the first leg. However, Grealish is heavily criticized for his average during the season. a For the first time, docile In 2021, he revealed how different things were about his days at Aston Villa.
It was Grealish undisputed star For Villans, he led his boyhood club to the English Premier League. On top of that, it fits like a glove in the system, and Dean Smith knows how to get the best out of it.
📊 Jack Grealish scored for Aston Villa in the Premier League last season pic.twitter.com/l6FoGJPLfn
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) 30 July 2021
At Manchester City, things were very different. The Champions League has a squad full of star-studded names. Grealish is just “one of many” players fighting for their places in the squad. Of course, some players are the first names on the team sheet.
The problem is that Grealish was expected to be one in the end but he saw the others getting a constant nod. Grealish has only had four goals (two goals and two assists) in the Premier League.
🔵 Jack Grealish wraps up a good fourth place for Manchester City on his debut in the Champions League! #UCL pic.twitter.com/TTJh9SYrBy
UEFA Champions League September 15, 2021
This is his lowest tally since the 2015-16 season. Furthermore, what also worked against Grealish was that he was often an unknown in games. Sure there were flashes of brilliance like in Spain but the end product was not there. He’s only had 38 shots in the league, fewer than in any of the past five seasons.
🤯 “Go out and spend £100m on a player you don’t consider good enough to start… How can that be!?”
🤔 What are your thoughts on Jack Grealish’s move to him? @Manchester City…? #beINUCL #UCL #MADMCI
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– beIN SPORTS (beINSPORTS_EN) May 4, 2022
Likewise, his stills creation actions fell from 150 in 2020-21 to 91 in 2021-22. The number of goals that Aston Villa conceded last season was reduced to just six. Of course, it’s all not his fault, but fans are concerned that the underperformance continues.
Tough times, stricter reception
It’s no secret that signing Grealish was an afterthought for Manchester City. Harry Kane was the preferred target as an automatic replacement for Sergio Aguero. When Tottenham refused to sell, City turned to Grealish to supplement the front line.
The villa was unaffected until the £100m special release clause was triggered. Therefore, he was always starting his career with City and fighting against negative perceptions.
“The answer is really simple… Tottenham didn’t want to sell Kane!”
Arsene Wenger puts brilliantly Tweet embed His place when asked why Manchester City didn’t pay more money to buy Harry Kane, over Jack Grealish! #beINUCL #UCL
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– beIN SPORTS (beINSPORTS_EN) April 5 2022
Although he is beloved by England supporters and Gareth Southgate, Grealish’s position at City is highly uncertain. Guardiola revived the careers of Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
This was bad news for Grealish, who had been hoping to take over the left wing of City’s front three. On top of that, given how Kevin De Bruyne has shut down his offensive midfield position, Grealish has had to go out.
This is an incredible number on the sky. Jack Grealish has played just 52% of the minutes for Manchester City this season. Signature worth 100 million pounds.
– DaveOCKOP (DaveOCKOP) March 6, 2022
Guardiola is hesitant To play Grealish in a full match. He played a combined 22 minutes against Atlético de Madrid in both legs. That dropped to seven against Liverpool in that intense 2-2 draw in early April.
Supporters were patient but were not shy about expressing their frustration. These decibels will only rise after the importance of losing against Real Madrid.
Good player, better future?
Is Jack Grealish a good player? Yeah. Is he a great player? can be. Talent, instincts, skills, etc., are all there. Furthermore, his basic stats are quite decent.
Grealish has averaged 13.47 progressive loads per 90 over the past year, placing him in the top 99 percent of players. He scored 8.09 touches per 90 times in the opponent’s penalty area while receiving 8.80 forward passes per 90.
Manchester City fans players will continue to see Jack Grealish’s effort lighting up the goal and hitting Courtois’ nail before he falls behind, which ended 2-0 this match, that was the real turning point if you wanted to, it seemed to lift Real Madrid and the finish was amazing
– Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) May 4, 2022
All this indicates that Grealish is taking good positions and is participating in the attack. However, when it comes to the defining moments or the last taste, something is missing. The image of Grealish off the field also played a role, as observers noted his fashionable tastes more than football.
🔐 Only Bruno Fernandes (2.3) has averaged more key assists from open play per game than Jack Grealish (2.1) in the Premier League this season pic.twitter.com/DkV6sO7b8y
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 26 2022
Of course, there is nothing wrong with using your personal time in any way as Jack Grealish has been signed by Gucci. However, until he starts to become more influential and works hard in training, City will have to overcome the weight of his price tag.