Inside the Index: February 27

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Manchester City joined an exclusive club last night following their 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

Not only was it the Citizens’ first ever win against Los Blancos, but they became only the third English side to beat the 13-time winners of the competition at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Arsenal and Liverpool both achieved the feat with 1-0 wins in 2006 and 2009 respectively, with Pep Guardiola’s side now joining that list. The result also meant they were the only English side to avoid defeat in the first leg, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea now needing to turn around deficits to progress to the quarter-finals.

Wednesday 26 February Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Kevin De Bruyne (2p)
  • Top Defender: Fernando Marçal (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (2p)
  • Top Forward: Gabriel Jesus (2p)
  • Media: Kevin De Bruyne (3p)

Kevin De Bruyne Stars at Santiago Bernabeu

Last night highlighted the footballing intelligence Kevin De Bruyne (£5.08) possesses on the biggest of stages.

Operating as a makeshift forward, the Belgium international took to the position like a duck to water such is the talent of the man. Pressing from the front and dropping into spaces off the front line, he, along with Gabriel Jesus (£2.61) – who has risen by 13p – playing as a left winger, were City’s best players on the night.

De Bruyne finished the evening with an assist and the winner from the spot, resulting in him taking home Star Player, Top Midfielder and Media Dividends.

In the last 24 hours he has risen by 20p as the 28-year-old enjoys yet another fabulous season in terms of both performance levels and statistics.

Robert Lewandowski Injury Opens Door for Alternatives

Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday came at a price in the shape of Robert Lewandowski (£2.28).

The free-scoring Pole sustained a knee injury at Stamford Bridge, with the club confirming the news that he will be out of action for the next four weeks, resulting in a 16p Share Price drop in the last 24 hours.

What it does mean however is that it opens the door for someone else to make a name in that position. Should Hansi Flick prefer a more experienced replacement, Thomas Muller (£1.46) can fill that void.

He’s up 13p in the last 24 hours, although he’s been operating so well off a main striker Flick may opt to keep the experienced German where he is currently.

Younger replacements in the squad could be the way, with Joshua Zirkzee (£2.08) and Jann-Fiete Arp (£1.35) rising by 12p and 10p respectively, as Die Roten look to maintain their push for three trophies this season.

Jonathan David – A Man in Demand

He’s a man that has been on the rise in the past week.

Jonathan David (£2.63) has been in spectacular form for KAA Gent this season, netting 18 goals in Belgium’s top division so far, as well as a further two goals in the Europa League.

The 20-year-old’s Share Price has increased by 40p in the last week, partly down to his performances but also due to him being linked with a summer move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United all rumoured to be interested in the striker.

In terms of this evening, he will be in action as he looks to help KAA Gent overturn a one-goal deficit against Roma in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

Should they progress, you can be sure he’ll have played a major part in them doing so.

Arsenal’s Starlet Taking Europa League By Storm

There’s little that hasn’t been said about Bukayo Saka (£3.38) and what has been an impressive breakout season.

The 18-year-old has become undroppable this season, whether that be as a left winger or left-back such has been the quality of his displays, with the Europa League providing an ideal platform to facilitate his development.

Last week he provided the assist for Alexandre Lacazette‘s winner in Greece to give the Gunners a slender advantage ahead of tonight’s second leg.

That was his fifth assist in the competition this season which is more than anyone else, resulting in a 71p increase in the past week, while more recently he’s accrued a 6p increase in the past 24 hours.

With the tie against Olympiacos still far from over, Arsenal could do with another display from their academy graduate this evening.

*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing

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