On Wednesday, from 20:00 pm, Real Madrid and Manchester City meet in the first round of the finals of the UEFA Champions League. At this moment, the “galactics” seem to be ready to fight the British colossus.
The hosts cannot count on Asensio and Hazard, both with medical problems, while Manchester City lacks the services of goalkeeper Raheem Sterling, who is having an excellent season. Also from Pep Guardiola’s camp will be missing Sane, long injured. With only one win in the last four official matches, the “galactics” need a perfect match.
Real Madrid comes after a surprising 0-1 at Levante, after they gave up points in the championship, with Celta Vigo (2-2). We have also witnessed spectacular matches of Zinedine Zidane’s team lately, such as the victory with Osasuna (4-1) or the failure with Real Sociedad, in the Spanish Cup (3-4). On the opposite side, City has quality in the lot, but the morale has dropped drastically in the camp of “citizens”, who were punished by UEFA for violating financial fair play.
As a result, City hopes to fight for the trophy this year, because it will be deprived of this chance in the coming seasons! In the last two matches of the championship, Manchester City won without much emotion with West Ham (2-0) and Leicester (1-0), but Pep Guardiola’s defense showed signs of weakness with Tottenham (0-2) and Manchester United (0-1). In the last straight match in UCL, Real Madrid eliminated City after 0-0 away and 1-0 in Spain.
This time, we expect an open match, with many opportunities, because the “galactics” will come out and force victory. Real Madrid have played four Champions League finals in the last six seasons and have not lost directly to City in four consecutive duels. The “citizens” have never reached the semi-finals of the League and have little chance to do so this year, especially since the Madrilenians have a very good record with the English teams in UCL.
Real Madrid: Courtois: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modrić, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Junior Vinicius, Benzema
Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Aguero, B Silva