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Grealish silences Real Madrid legend with his stellar performance

Jack Grealish

Following criticism from Real Madrid legend Guti, Jack Grealish had the last laugh. The Manchester City player reacted sharply to the former Spain international’s criticism of Grealish’s performance in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

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Jack Grealish stuns Los Blancos after Guti’s remarks

The first leg resulted in a 1-1 tie, and Guti dismissed City’s attacking danger thereafter on popular Spanish football TV show El Chringuito. He then called out Grealish, claiming that he ‘doesn’t dribble past anyone’ and that he hasn’t ‘seen him turn up’ in Europe.

“The coaches have changed roles, now the bold one is Ancelotti and the defensive one is Guardiola,” Guti said.

“Manchester City have less offensively. They used to have two full-backs who came in like lightning from the back and now they don’t. They put in Bernardo Silva, who is not a winger, and they lose a player there.”

“City have Jack Grealish, who doesn’t dribble past anyone. In the Premier League he might outsmart everyone, but I haven’t seen him in the Champions League.”

But Guti’s remarks came back to haunt him as Pep Guardiola’s men responded in spectacular form in the second leg. City thrashed the defending champions 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to earn their spot in the Istanbul final.

Manchester city outclasses Los Blancos

While Bernardo Silva sparkled with two goals and Kevin De Bruyne once again demonstrated his class with two assists. Grealish was one of City’s other heroes. In a comprehensive performance, he led the game in dribbles, completed crosses, and runs into the attacking third. In addition he ranked second in total tackles. Guti’s original criticism of Grealish makes even less sense when you consider his first-leg stats, in which he generated six opportunities from open play. That was the highest by an away player at the Bernabeu in a European match since 2007.

Grealish couldn’t help but remind the Bernabeu legend of his remarks, tweeting a zipped-face emoji in response to his criticism from the first leg on Friday night. Guti should have understood that the tie was barely halfway over. Then he was made to seem ridiculous after being caught sitting in stunned silence for nearly three minutes following his team’s 4-0 thrashing in Manchester.

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