Champions League – Real Madrid vs Manchester City – Preview and Prediction
Real Madrid set to take on their most important game of the season when they host Manchester City in the Champions League second leg at Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday night, 04 May 2016. After playing out a 0-0 draw at Etihad Stadium in the first leg both sides have alot to do heading into second leg with Madrid are hunting for their 11th European crown while City qualified for their first ever European title. Match highlights of this game will be available on this page after the match.
Manuel Pelligrini side Man City qualified for the semifinals after seeing off the challenge from Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinal double header. But they face the biggest challenge as 10-time european champions Real Madrid visit Etihad Stadium for what will be the historic night for manchester club. Los Blancos as they they are known, defeated Wolfsburg in the previous round and have a wonderful oppertunity of reaching yet another european final and should go into the tie as favourites specially since they are playing the second leg at home.
Team News & Lineups: Man City will be without Yaya Toure who will miss the first leg and quite possibly the visit to Spain as well due to thigh injury. However City has a good news in Vincent Kompany who is fit to start for Man City which means he is likely to start alongside Mangala with Cliche and Zabaleta playing as fullbacks.
Real Madrid on the other hand were sweating over the fitness of Ronaldo and Benzema but both have recovered and should start alongside Gareth Bale in three man attack while Modric, Kroos and Casemiro are set to start in central midfiel roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Tuesday night.
Match Predictions: last time these two meet was back in 2011-12 champions league group stages where Real Madrid won the home game at Santiago Bernabeu by 3-2 and managed a last gasp 1-1 draw at Etihad. City has never played in the semifinal of Europé’s premium competition while Real Madrid will play 27th time in the semifinal and they will be hoping to make it to their 14th european cup final. Real Madrid will play the second leg at home for the sixth straight time in champions league knockout stages which gives them slight advantage this is also their sixth consecutive semifinal appearance in the semifinals.
Ronaldo less Real Madrid looked nervous in the opening exchanges but they kept City’s front trio pretty much in check and never gave them any clear opportunity at goal. Sergio Ramos and Pepe both used their physical presence and frustrated Man City with some hard tackles throughout the first half.
Gareth Bale looked like the only threat Real madrid posed for best part of first hour while Benzema and Lucas Vazquez struggled to impose themselves on the game.
The best chance of the game fell to Pepe who was in acres of space inside the box when a ball fell for him nicely and his left footed strike was straight at City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart who made himself big to keep the game at 0-0.
Real Madrid took on Manchester City in the first leg of their 2016 Champions League semifinal at Etihad Stadium this Tuesday night and it turned out to be a very tight and competitive game between the two sides. Madrid lost Ronaldo before the kickoff as he failed to pass fitness test and Man City dominated the game without really troubling Keylor Navas. The game was 0-0 at the break and both sides looked happy even if the score stays the same and thats how the game ended with a 0-0 draw and both teams have all to do in return leg in a weeks time.