Man City Treats Schalke Like Roadkill
Here's the best thing that happened to Schalke 04 at the Etihad in this Champions League quarter-final second leg:
They got into the match for free.
And then Manchester City gave them quite the tour.
That's the kindest way to describe the Sky Blues' 7-0 annilhilation they laid on their guests.
The most amazing thing about this mismatch was the difficulty City had a hard in getting the parade underway. It's scary to think what coulda been had Sergio Agüero not squandered a few early chances.
One quickly became two, as only three minutes later, the Argentine striker doubled his and City's tally from a classy Raheem Sterling backheel pass
The Argentine international targeted what hockey players call the five hole of 'keeper Ralf Fahrmann, and that was that:
Dudes were rolling by this time.
Then if Schalke had a highlight, we couldn't see it.
Because if there was one, it happened in the dressing room.
Ultimately, though, they had to head back out to the pitch and take another whuppin'.
In the 56th minute, Sané found Sterling with a low cross, and the English International dutifully smashed it into the back of the net:
And the hits just kept on coming.
It was Bernardo Silva's turn to score in the 71st. The Portuguese international took a feed from Sané and had his choice of fish in the barrel to shoot:
It's starting to dawn on those who don't really follow the Bundesliga why they don't really follow the Bundesliga.
If this was one of their Champions qualifiers, no wonder FC Bayern treats the domestic game like it's their bitch.
Substitute Phil Foden had his opportunity to get into the score sheet, too.
In the 78th, Sané posted his third assist, putting Foden in position to round Fahrmann and ...
And, what the hell. Why not one for the road?
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus provided it six minutes later. Dude gathered in Silva's pass and did his bit:
How's that for a 10-2 aggregate?
It's damn near mind-boggling that Schalke knocked home a couple goals in the first leg. Even more so that City actually needed a last-moment comeback to prevail.
Too bad that version of die Königsblauen -- Royal Blues -- wasn't the one who showed up this time.