sport news Arsene Wenger hails Raheem Sterling's impact as Manchester City beat

'Once City equalised, Madrid did not exist any more': Arsene Wenger hails Raheem Sterling's impact off the bench and credits late Pep Guardiola switch for stunning comeback win

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline

Published: 00:19 GMT, 27 February 2020 | Updated: 00:30 GMT, 27 February 2020

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Legendary manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Manchester City in their brilliant Champions League last-16 first leg win over on Wednesday night.

City fell behind to an Isco goal on 60 minutes but fought back to win 2-1 courtesy of a Gabriel Jesus header and a Kevin De Bruyne penalty.

The Premier League outfit go into the second leg at their Etihad Stadium on March 17 in the box seat having scored two away goals.

Arsene Wenger has hailed the impact of Raheem Sterling's (pictured) introduction for Manchester City against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday

Arsene Wenger has hailed the impact of Raheem Sterling's (pictured) introduction for Manchester City against in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday

Wenger believes Sterling played a key factor in why City overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1

Wenger believes Sterling played a key factor in why City overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1

And speaking post-match Wenger believed the game changed once Raheem Sterling came on as it altered's City's shape into a conventional shape.

Before the forward's introduction, natural-born striker Jesus was playing on the left flank rather than his customary role. That was amended once Sterling came on in the 73rd minute with Jesus scoring their equaliser five minutes later.

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