When marking Erling Haaland on Tuesday evening during Real Madrid-Manchester City (1-1), Antonio Rüdiger used a rather special technique.
Real Madrid was almost complete on Tuesday when it was time to host Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final first leg. The only absentee among the usual holders, Eder Militao was suspended following an accumulation of yellow cards. To replace him, Carlo Ancelotti had decided to rely on Antonio Rüdiger. At the marking of Erling Haaland, the German international did the job. And the show.
A funny sight in reality, since his marking technique has at times been special. Sticking to the Mancunian, bent in half and passing from one side to the other, Rüdiger did everything possible to prevent his opponent from fully concentrating on the ball. This very “sticky” presence could have made more than one unpin, but Erling Haaland’s phlegm allowed him to keep his cool.
lmfaoo rudiger pic.twitter.com/ttE5yZvY54
— andres (@MiIitao) May 10, 2023
copy to review
Despite everything, the images filmed from the edge of the field by a spectator show that the Manchester City player is necessarily slightly exasperated to have his opponent on his back. And if everything remained very correct between the two men, the fact is that Haaland did not deliver a good copy during the meeting. Without a personal goal and very little in sight at the Bernabeu, the Norwegian will have to do much better next May 17, on the occasion of the return match.