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Zidane v Guardiola: Pep was vindicated for his big call to pick Gabriel Jesus ahead of Sergio Aguero, but Zizou chose badly by leaving Toni Kroos on the bench Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola went head to head as managers for first time Zidane gambled by picking Vinicius Junior ahead of Gareth Bale He erred badly by leaving the precise passing of Toni Kroos on the bench Pep Guardiola's big call was to pick Gabriel Jesus ahead of Sergio Aguero 

By Pete Jenson for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:32 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 22:57 GMT, 26 February 2020


Manchester City came from behind to secure victory over at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Isco had given the hosts the lead against the run of play in the second half, only for Pep Gurdiola's men to roar back in style.

Gabriel Jesus' header and Kevin De Bruyne's penalty swung the momentum firmly in City's favour before Sergio Ramos saw red late on. Here Sportsmail look at where the game was won and lost... 

Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane embrace on the touchline at the Bernabeu on Wednesday

Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane embrace on the touchline at the Bernabeu on Wednesday

Starting XIs

Pep Guardiola gambled on leaving out Sergio Aguero and it worked. Without a fixed centre-forward to mark, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos looked confused at times and the latter was sent off for a foul on Gabriel Jesus in the second half. 

Zinedine Zidane also took several gambles. One was to unleash the so often wild finishing of Vinicius on Manchester City. 

It backfired in the first half as the Brazilian forward squandered 's best chance failing to bury the rebound from Karim Benzema's shot. 

The other surprise in his XI was Toni Kroos left on the bench. The game was crying out for his precision passing in the first half. 

As he left the Bernabeu he was asked if he was okay. 'physically yes,' he told

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