Champions League: Manchester City – Real Madrid 26.04.2016

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Champions League: Manchester City – Real Madrid

With only five matches to play until the end of this Champions League season, we are up for some fine and intense football events after the reigning champions FC Barcelona were unexpectedly knocked out as early as in the quarter final. The first semi final opener is to be watched on Tuesday in Manchester where the debutantes Citizens will take on a side who have reached this stage more than any other team – Real Madrid. Starting at 8:45 PM (CET), the first leg of the Champions League semi final tie between Manchester City and Real Madrid will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

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Manchester City

Manchester have been through a season that is likely to be referred to as contradictory. The Citizens have failed to meet the pre-season ambitions in the domestic league where they were considered the biggest candidates to win the title but their Champions League campaign has been outstanding. After progressing from one of the toughest groups (featuring Juventus Torino, FC Sevilla and Monchengladbach), the English side gave a great performance against Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 16, dispatching the Ukrainians 3:1 on aggregate. Consequently, Manchester made their very first appearance in the quarter final but not even this stage became their last stop as Pellegrini´ s men managed to beat Paris Saint Germain, moving to the last four. Their semi final opponents will be even tougher than the French giants but Real will be without some of their key players which makes the home side´s chances of producing a good result in the first leg better.

 

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Real Madrid

Real have produced several impressive and morale-boosting results in the last couple of weeks. On April 2nd, ten-man Los Blancos claimed a glorious win over Barcelona in El Clásico, putting an end to Barca´s remarkable unbeaten run. Ten days later, Madrid gave another inspirational display in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final series against Wolfsburg. After a frustrating 0:2 defeat suffered in the opener, Real managed to overturn the deficit in the rematch, beating the Germans 3:0 at Santiago Bernabéu. Since then, Zidane´s men have played three La Liga duels, beating Getafe (5:1), Villarreal (3:0) a Vallecano (3:2) respectively. Thanks to these wins, Los Blancos have stayed in the title race (they are currently placed just one point behind the leaders Barcelona) but the team´s players are used to such a challenging workload and they will surely do their best to win as many as games as they can in both La Liga and the Champions League. Nevertheless, they will probably have to make do without Ronaldo and Benzema (both injury) in the Tuesday game.

 

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Summary

Manchester City are feeling the weight of history as they are preparing for their Champions League semi final opener against Real Madrid. Unsurprisingly, it is the Spanish side who are the favourites of this tie but the Citizens have already managed to eliminate a renowned and experienced team as they knocked out the French champions PSG in the quarter final. Will Manchester beat another European giant? Or will it be Real who will create a better position for the rematch? We will know by Tuesday night.

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