Ronaldo made the difference for Real Madrid, says Man City skipper Kompany
Thursday 20 September 2012
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that his team’s failure to control Cristiano Ronaldo resulted in their late collapse in the Bernabeu to hand Real Madrid a victory in their opening Champions League clash.
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov had put City 2-1 up with only minutes to play before first Karim Benzema and then Ronaldo scored two goals late on to snatch victory away from the Citizens. According to the Daily Mirror, Kompany believes that the Portugal international carried the key to Madrid’s comeback.
“[Ronaldo’s] goal just floated,” Kompany said. “Joe initially thought I might have been able to get it but there was no chance. I think he’s one of the only players that can do that. He’s got that skill. There’s nothing much you can do once he has the chance to take that shot, all you can do is try to close down the space to do that.” “There’s not many players in the world who can do that but unfortunately for us he i sone of them and it’s clear he made the difference. Without Ronaldo it would have been a different game. He’s always danger. When he’s on the ball you have to back off. He’s capable of going past someone and that doesn’t happen so much.”
City’s other perceived main threat in the group, German champions Borussia Dortmund also got off to a winning start, defeating Ajax with a very late goal from striker Robert Lewandowski. Dortmund will next travel to Manchester to face Roberto Mancini’s team in what looks likely to be a crucial game in the group.
City next welcome Arsenal, who are also unbeaten in the Premier League so far, to the Etihad Stadium as they continue their defence of their Premier League title.
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