Chances were few and far between for City and although patience was the key to their strategy, there’s no doubt that the fruitless probing was beginning to take its toll on both the crowd and their manager.
In the 68th minute, Pep Guardiola decided it was time to introduce Phil Foden to the match and with that move, City managed to gain an advantage in just two minutes. Picking up the ball near the box, Foden succeeded in drawing in the Atleti defenders before sliding the ball into the path of captain Kevin de Bruyne for the opener.
? 68' Subbed on
?? 70' Assists the opener
Phil Foden sets up Kevin De Bruyne with his first touch of the ball ?
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Not only were the celebrations raucous at the Etihad Stadium, there was a distinct sense of release. That feeling was embodied most by Guardiola, who decided to share that moment with an unsuspecting water bottle.
Pep Guardiola *really* enjoyed that goal ? pic.twitter.com/8Rirp8EqNw
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