Manchester City vs Real Madrid is the upcoming first leg match in this year’s UEFA Champions League Semifinals. Real Madrid look to reach another Champions league trophy while Manchester City look to reach the finals for two straight years.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Match Preview:
City toppled Atletico Madrid last time out in their attempts to reach a second final in quick succession, although this will be a different proposition entirely.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side, as they proved against Chelsea, simply know how to produce big moments on the grandest stage. They may not always convince, but Madrid boast the kind of star quality to hurt any team in the world.
Few, of course, would doubt City’s quality, although they are a touch less experienced in grinding results out in this particular competition.Here’s everything.
While all players who had only amassed one or two yellow have now seen their infringements wiped, City will have to cope without Joao Cancelo for the first leg, as the Portuguese picked up his third caution of the tournament at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Guardiola will therefore be desperate to have Kyle Walker back from an ankle issue in time for Tuesday – the right-back is “much, much better” according to the Catalan coach – and it remains to be seen if John Stones will battle back from a muscular injury to make himself available.
The likes of Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will all anticipate recalls to the first XI this week, but Jesus has given Guardiola plenty of food for thought by responding to links with a move away with a quartet of strikes on Saturday.
“While Real Madrid do not have any suspension concerns for the first leg – Eder Militao is back from a ban served in the home loss to Chelsea – Ancelotti’s injury problems are mounting after David Alaba was taken off with a thigh issue against Osasuna.
The defender was restricted to indoor work on Saturday alongside Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz – all three of whom will miss out – but Alaba has made the squad alongside Casemiro and Ferland Mendy and could earn some minutes here.
Luka Modric was rested entirely for the win over Osasuna but will reprise his midfield role here alongside the returning Toni Kroos, while Marcelo should be fit enough to deputise at left-back for Mendy if needed.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Head to Head:
Real Madrid have a fairly impressive overall record against Manchester City and have won five out of eight matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Manchester City’s three victories.
Manchester City have a flawless recent record against Los Blancos and won both legs of their previous UEFA Champions League clash in 2020 by an aggregate 4-2 margin.
Real Madrid are winless in their last three matches against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League and will need to be at their best in this fixture.
Recent performances in all competitions:
2-2 draw against Liverpool
0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid
3-2 loss against Liverpool
3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion
5-1 win over Watford
3-1 win over Chelsea FC
2-0 win over Getafe
3-2 loss against Chelsea FC
3-2 win over Sevilla
3-1 win over Osasuna
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Predicted Line-ups:
Manchester City:Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Real Madrid:Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Camavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior