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Jack Grealish and the Champions League are a match made in heaven.
That seemed pretty obvious even before he had kicked a ball in the competition. Getting the chance to play on the biggest stage in European club football was one of the main reasons Grealish gave for making the move to City from boyhood club Aston Villa for a British-record fee. His performance in the win over RB Leipzig only backed up the decision.
Grealish, playing off the left in a position he has already made his own for his new club. Also, he has got the ball rolling by assisting the opening goal for Nathan Ake from a corner. He has done this before grabbing the limelight in 56 minutes.
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Jack Grealish masterclass performance:
Perhaps one of his greatest advantage against playing teams on the continent is that they might underestimate him. Tyler Adams – RB Leipzig’s midfielder – seemed more than happy to allow Grealish to dribble into the area. Also, he shows him onto his right foot.
Not a wise decision. Grealish aimed from 18 yards and sent a flashing curling drive into the top corner. That was one of nine progressive runs from City’s marquee man. The home fans have a new favorite.
“When I’m in that position off the left-hand side running into the opposition area, I’d back myself one-on-one against anyone to have a go, and this time it paid off,” a grinning Grealish said after the game.
“As soon as the game kicked off, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve played in the Champions League now!’. The music and everything were so nice and the game topped it all off. I loved it.”
“The manager was just talking about defensive work,” said Grealish when quizzed about his talks with the Spaniard.
“That’s what he’s like, he’s always wanting more defensively and offensively, he’s someone I’m going to listen to after everything he has achieved in the game. He’s always giving out useful information.”
Guardiola knows there is so much more to come from his £100m men. A scary thought.