UCL Wednesday preview: Man City look to cause upset ahead of tough trip to Real Madrid

Man City are just one game away from a first ever Champions League final but in order to book their place they must topple ten-time European champions Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.

Both sides will be looking to improve on last week’s uneventful 0-0 draw in Manchester with Real Madrid hoping to live up to their favourites tags and reach the final for the second time in six seasons.

It is all still to play for after Man City and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw image: japantoday.com

It is all still to play for after Man City and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw
image: japantoday.com

Man City will welcome back several key players whom were rested in their 4-2 defeat to Southampton at the weekend as Manuel Pellegrini’s side look to pull off a major upset and book their ticket to Milan.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane predicts a tough game against Man City but reckons his side need to remain calm and patient and focus on the task at hand to reach a second final in three years.

“This will be a tougher game than the first leg because we know it will all be decided,” said the Frenchman.

“They have good players, especially up front, but we’ll play our football as always.We can’t think we’ll score two or three inside 15 minutes. It’s a different game and we know we’ll suffer from the first minute to the 90th. We need to be patient and calm.

“We need to think about playing football, pressing high up and being intense. We also know we are playing a very difficult opponent who will make things difficult.”

Man City gaffer Manuel Pellegrini admitted his side’s first leg performance was not enough and expects more passion from his players tonight in a bid to reach a first Champions League final.

“We have a lot of faith in our ability and expect to prove it,” said the former Real Madrid manager.

“We have the opportunity to make club history but we will have to play well. We tried to press and steal the ball in Manchester but it was not a good day.

“We will try to have possession and attack from the first minute. Great matches are decided by the best, but we have to play as a team defensively and offensively against Real Madrid; not just Cristiano.”

Joe Hart denies Pepe as Man City held Real Madrid to a scoreless draw itv.com

A score draw would be enough to see Man City book their place in the final on 28 May

Team News

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return to the line-up to face Man City with the former Man United winger having missed last week’s first leg due to a hamstring strain.

Striker Karim Benzema is once again ruled out with a hamstring injury, while the Spanish giants will also be without midfielder Casemiro, who suffered a hip injury in Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Real Sociedad.

Man City are set to recall several key players who missed defeat to Southampton at the weekend with Sergio Aguero expected to lead the attack at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Midfielder Yaya Toure could feature having trained with the squad on Tuesday having missed the past two games with a thigh injury, but winger David Silva (hamstring) and right-back Pablo Zabaleta (calf) are ruled out.

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