Jack Grealish’s Real Madrid tweet resurfaces after Man City crash out of Champions League

Real Madrid v Man City: Match in pictures

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An old tweet from Manchester City star Jack Grealish appearing to praise Real Madrid has resurfaced after Los Blancos knocked Pep Guardiola’s men out of the Champions League semi-finals in dramatic circumstances.

Grealish came on for Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus in the 78th minute of the tie, with City 1-0 up at the Santiago Bernabeu to put them 5-3 up on aggregate with just 10 minutes to go. The former Aston Villa star had two chances within 30 seconds to put the tie to bed, but his efforts were kept out superbly by Ferland Mendy and Thibaut Courtois.

Evidently, he would come to rue his missed chances, with youngster Rodrygo scoring an added-time brace to take the game to extra time. And after Madrid progressed via a Karim Benzema penalty, fans found a tweet from 2014 showing Grealish’s support for the Spanish giants.

“Hala Madrid!!!,” Grealish tweeted on April 23, 2014, where he watched Carlo Ancelotti’s men beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg. That was followed by four Spanish flag emojis, showing his support for a team that included Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wednesday’s match-winner Benzema.

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The tweet has since been deleted amidst the wild scenes at the Bernabeu. Grealish will surely rue his failed efforts to score on what was his first-ever appearance against the Whites.

And former Arsenal manager raged at Grealish for his role in Real Madrid’s second goal, claiming he was ‘passed too easily’ by Dani Carvajal ahead of his cross for Rodrygo’s equaliser. “When you look at 1-1, when Grealish is against Carvajal, he is passed easily, too easily,” Wenger fumed to beIN Sport.

“He must absolutely fight to stop that cross. You do not want the ball in the box, anything can happen when everybody goes forward.

“That is where City did not secure the game, defending on the sides. Because they conceded, even when you look when Benzema gave the ball back, they didn’t really attack the ball, the defenders, they made big mistakes.

“When you’re a manager and you lose a game, you go home and always think, ‘what have I done wrong?'”

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