Manchester City hosts Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals at the Etihad Stadium. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw with brilliant strikes from Vinicius Junior and Kevin de Bruyne resulting in both teams sharing the points. The meeting at the Cityzens’ home ground will confirm who will play the final against Inter Milan in Istanbul.
The Blues are in sparkling form enduring an unbeaten run of 22 matches in all competitions. They look all set to win the Premier League after enduring a brilliant run in the competition along with the poor performances of their title-challenging rivals Arsenal in the final third of the campaign. They are four points above the Gunners along with having a game in hand.
Real Madrid, despite winning the Copa del Ray, has been disappointing in La Liga this season with inconsistent results leading to rivals Barcelona winning the title within a colossal margin of 14 points. However, the Los Blancos are capable of qualifying for the latter stages given their rich history and the brilliant comebacks they have had over the years in the UCL.
Real Madrid and Manchester City in the Champions League
They have met each other nine times with both clubs having three wins to their name and drawing three. Their recent outing saw both teams sharing the points despite Manchester City being more dominant during the match. Real Madrid will hope to win the competition with the UCL the only hope for a potential double after a disastrous campaign.
Manchester City on the other hand has been extremely dominant in the English division, especially during the final stages of the competition. The Blues have a chance to add a potential treble within the likes of the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup where they will face derby rivals Manchester United. They are also on a 14-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions.
Their recent dominance in the Premier League will encourage the City coach to start similar lineups without many changes. Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne will undoubtedly be the first names on the team sheet being both the top scorer and top assist provider respectively in the Premier League despite the Norwegian mostly being absent during the game. Real Madrid will probably start their strongest lineups despite recent results.
Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Diaz, Manuel Akanji, Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema.
When and Where to Watch?
The match is scheduled for 10.00 PM (GMT), 5:00 PM (EST) and 11.00 AM (PST). Here are the places where to watch the match
UK: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. The live stream will also be available on the BT Sport app.
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