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All to Play after an exhilarating Champions League semifinal first leg at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City and Real Madrid scored seven goals each. Pep Guardiola’s side stormed into a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes and threatened to blow the 13-time European champions away. Madrid fought back, despite City ignoring a few good opportunities. Although City was the superior team, los Blancos fought hard to win the match and had some great individual moments, mainly from KarimBenzema (and Vinicius Jr) – that ensured they lost by just a slim margin.
City’s victory by 4-3 means that there are still many points to be won in the second half. Extra time will be possible because the rule banning away goals has been abolished. This is in stark contrast to the situation that existed if the rule was not changed at the beginning of the season. Madrid must win the second leg in order to be eligible for the final. City would prefer to avoid defeat.
This gives City an edge. Sometimes, however, it is advantageous to have the goal in mind. Madrid knows exactly what to do Wednesday. In City’s case, however, they could be in two minds. If the score is 1-1 on the night with 20 minutes left to play, do they hold what they have or attempt to kill the tie by scoring a second?
Guardiola does not encourage his players to take a lead. We can expect City, at the very least, to attempt to win this match. While they may be encouraged by the many chances that they created against Madrid, they’ll also know that Luka Modric, Vinicius, and Benzema are among the top players in Europe in their respective positions. It is difficult to make a call on this one.
Real Madrid Now Completely Focused on Champions League
These two teams have very different domestic league positions and it will be fascinating to see if that affects Wednesday’s match. Real Madrid won the La Liga title with Carlo Ancelotti becoming the first soccer manager to be able to claim the championship in Spain (with Chelsea), England (with AC Milan), Germany, France (with Bayern Munich), and France (with Paris Saint-Germain) at the weekend.
Madrid are more than 12 points clear at the summit of the standings with four rounds of fixtures left to play. City have an advantage of one point over Liverpool when it comes to the Premier League title race. Both sides won the weekend with Guardiola’s team beating Leeds 4-0, and Liverpool winning 1-0 against Newcastle.
On the one side, Madrid’s domestic environment is favorable. Because the La Liga trophy has been safely stored at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, they will be able now to concentrate their efforts on the Champions League.
On the other side, many would argue City are better placed. Guardiola will not rest their key players, so they are likely to keep their match sharpness week after week. The extension to their four-game winning streak would boost their confidence.
Manchester City can register a morale-boosting win in Madrid
Manchester City and Real Madrid, two of the top teams that tend to lose. You can’t beat City on flow. Madrid defeated you in moments. The contrast was evident in the Etihad Stadium’s first leg and will likely be visible at Estradio Santiago Bernabeu for the return fixture.
Although City is the away team they will likely have more possession of the ball. Madrid will be more proactive, while City will be more proactive. Both are viable and can be successful. We will see which approach wins on Wednesday.
Taking all this into consideration, you can back City to win. They are stronger all things considered. Madrid had to be a bit lucky in the previous round against Chelsea and PSG. Their opponents aren’t as dominant as City is. Carlo Ancelotti will heavily rely on Benzema for the delivery of goods again.
This strategy has worked well on many occasions this term. However, City may prove to be too strong. This one is for you.
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How to Watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Information Teams Real Madrid vs Manchester City Location Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain Time Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 3. 00 PM EDT How to watch CBS