All hell broke loose at the Wanda Metropolitano after Manchester Cityaggregate victory against Atlético Madrid – and heated tunnel footage featuring technical staff, substitutes and those who took part in the semi-final clash emerged.
Pep Guardiola’s side progressed to the next Champions League stage with a resolute performance at the back, but it was a few unsavory scenes in the final 10 minutes – and in the tunnel – that grabbed the headlines newspapers on a dramatic Wednesday evening in Madrid.
With tempers clearly still high, tunnel footage begins with Jack Grealish and Stefan Savic having a word. Atletico full-back Sime Vrsaljko then appeared to throw an object towards the City players, before Kyle Walker was held back by team-mate Ederson.
But what many fans failed to spot was the role of Manchester City third goalkeeper Scott Carson. In what appears to be an interaction with Atletico defender Vrsaljko, the Cumbrian appears to nod in the direction of the dressing room before clarifying his point.
One of the highlights of the night has to be when Scott Carson appears to signal Šime Vrsaljko to continue the fight ‘on the outside’. A classic.
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) April 13, 2022
A number of police eventually intervened as the footballing world discussed what we had just witnessed at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Rio Ferdinand said the Atletico player’s behavior was ‘unpleasant’ in his post-match comments. “They should be embarrassed by some of the antics they did,” he added.
“You have to say, speaking of football, well done to Atletico Madrid because they’ve made Manchester City play in a way we haven’t seen in a long time, got them out of rhythm and out of step.
“But some things towards the end weren’t what you want to see on a football pitch.”
Ferdinand continued: “From what we’ve seen it’s purses in the tunnel with Atletico and City. It’s better that it ends like this but it’s pantomime. You have Savic playing The thing that annoyed me, he kicks him in the calf, that’s what Atletico do, if it was the other way around they would do the exact same thing.
“It’s good that City don’t react to antics. In the tunnel it explodes, it feels like no one can see. But here it’s just handbags. City showed courage and of determination and got the job done. The experienced players are more mature now, they can control the emotions, you saw the reaction was collective but no one overstepped the mark.”
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