Manchester City will take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals – can the Citizens take a step towards their first Champions League trophy?
City are likely to be without versatile defender Nathan Ake for their game against Los Blancos. While the Dutchman is making steady progress with his recovery, the game on Tuesday evening will probably come too soon for him.
In the last round of the competition, City overcame an underwhelming Bayern Munich outfit to progress to the semi-finals. The tie was more or less sewn up after the first leg, where City won 3-0 – a professional display in the second leg saw Pep Guardiola’s team come away with a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, swept aside basketcase club Chelsea in the quarter-finals. It was a composed display over two legs from the Spanish giants, as they picked apart the Blues en route to a 4-0 aggregate victory.
When the two teams last played each other, back in last year’s Champions League semi-finals, Madrid defeated the Sky Blues by a score of 6-5 over two legs.
It was a bonafide European classic – after City won the first leg by a score of 4-3, Madrid dug in and battled back in the second leg to secure a 3-1 win – with all three goals coming beyond the 90th minute. City will be out for revenge this time around – will they get what they want?