Manchester United legend backs Manchester City against Real Madrid in UCL semi-final clash, says they’ll ‘destroy’ the Los Blancos

The 37-year-old Wayne Rooney has predicted the winner between Manchester City and Real Madrid.


Manchester United legend backs Manchester City against Real Madrid in UCL semi-final clash, says they’ll ‘destroy’ the Los Blancos

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Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes Manchester City will soundly defeat Real Madrid in the upcoming UEFA Champions League tie. Rooney believes the ginormous stature of Madrid will not affect the Manchester City team this time. Real Madrid and Manchester City will have a different result from the previous year.

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The Madrid-based side have shown their utter dominance and confidence in the knock-out stages of the competition multiple times before. The stat book shows that both of them have three wins against each other while drawing two matches, the truth of the matter lies in the other page. In knock-out stages, Real Madrid have never allowed the Cityzens to go through. Even in the last iteration of the UCL, Manchester City beat Los Blancos 4-3 at home, only to lose 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu to crash out of the tournament.

During an interview, the Red Devil legend said, “Man, The City will not beat Real Madrid, they will destroy them.” The legendary striker also thinks that Erling Haaland will leave the Madrid defense in shambles. The Norwegian has already scored a half-century of goals including a record-breaking 35 goals in the Premier League.

Rooney added, “How do Madrid stop Haaland? Well, in Antonio Rüdiger they have a great competitor who, as a defender, likes one-on-one battles. Even so, I don’t think the German defender can handle Haaland.”

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But besides his comments on Real Madrid, he acknowledged both the manager of the teams. He said “You can never write off a collective with Madrid’s experience and history— but I wouldn’t put money on them. I believe this is City’s year,”

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Some interesting stats about the best duos of both teams

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The matchup between the two of the most fluidic attacking sides in Europe is going to be an exciting watch. It will definitely be a match-up of Madrid’s Vinicius Junior-Karim Benzema and City’s Kevin De Bruyne-Erling Haaland.

But on the other side, the duo of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. has also helped Real Madrid to win many big matches both in the Champions League and in Spanish League.

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When talking about Man City Haaland has scored most of the goals for the club and is the top goal scorer of the league with 35 goals scored. And Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the greatest assistance providers for Man City.

He has provided 16 assists for Man City which is also the highest in this season. De Bruyne has provided 10 assists to Haaland this season. The combination of both players has helped Man City to win almost all matches.

While on the other side, the duo of Benzema and Vini Jr has also helped the club to win some difficult matches against Barcelona and other clubs. Currently, Benzema is the second largest goalscorer with 17 goals which is just behind Lewandoski who has scored 19 goals till now.

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