Arsene Wenger picks out turning point for Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Wenger was impressed by Sterling’s impact (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Arsene Wenger believes Pep Guardiola’s decision to bring on Raheem Sterling turned the game on its head, as Manchester City took a 2-1 lead against Real Madrid away from the Santiago Bernabeu in their Champions League last-16 tie.

After a cagey first half, City found themselves a goal down, with Isco putting Zinedine Zidane’s side in front, before a late rally from City saw Gabriel Jesus equalise and Kevin De Bruyne score the winner from the spot.

Sergio Ramos was sent off late on for a last-man challenge on Jesus and City will return to the Etihad with two away goals and a one-goal lead against the 13-time European champions.

Jesus got on the scoresheet in Madrid (Picture: Danehouse/Getty Images)

Sterling, who had been struggling with a hamstring injury in previous weeks, won the penalty that allowed De Bruyne to put City in control of the tie and Wenger thinks the England international’s introduction proved to be the turning point in the tie.

‘I would say that Madrid scored in the 60th minute by not creating many chances but I felt that City got the mental blow and for a while it looked like Madrid would score the second goal rather than Manchester City equalising,’ he told beIN Sports.

‘Then 74 minutes, Sterling comes on for Bernado Silva, Bale comes on for Vinicius… 78th minute 1-1… 83 minutes, 2-1.

‘Jesus plays through the middle, Sterling on the left. That changed completely the game. From then on it looked like City could score three or four goals and make it even more disastrous for Real Madrid tonight.

‘Overall once City equalised, Madrid did not exist anymore.’

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