FORM OF TEAMS AND PLAYERS
Manchester City has played three matches since the Champions League quarterfinals, two of which in the Premier League ended with a total score of 8: 1, but in another they lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup. The Citizens are still fighting for the championship, ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s team by just one point.
Real Madrid played one game less, but six points were scored in both, which brought the team closer to the LaLiga championship. First, the “creamy” recovered from 0-2 in Seville, scoring the winning goal with an effort by Benzema in the 92nd minute, and then there was a guest victory over Osasuna with a score of 1:3, but there was one. Unpleasant incident in this match: Karim Benzema missed two penalties in seven minutes.
Pep Guardiola is trying different variations of the composition, and it is difficult to name the complete backbone of the base. For example, in the last game, the coach entrusted a place in the lineup to Gabriel Jesús, who more than met expectations, scoring poker and an assist. And this is in the winger position! It is not a fact that Guadiola repeats the experiment in a much more important European Cup match, but even without Jesús there is someone who plays in attack. But there are problems in defence: Joao Cancela will definitely miss the first game due to a card received in the 97th minute in the second leg against Atlético, and Kyle Walker and John Stones have not yet fully recovered. Both did not participate in the last game, so Igor Zinchenko worked on the left flank of the defense. But the most probable thing is that Pep prefers to use the most obvious option against the ‘madridistas’ in the person of Nathan Ake.
Manchester City Estimated Squad (4-3-3): Ederson-Ake, Laporte, Dias, Walker-Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne-Sterling, Foden, Mahrez
Carlo Ancelotti’s tactical formations are much easier to predict. A great specialist seldom betrays himself, and if he is not forcibly lost, the Italian prefers to use the same composition. Surely Eder Militao will start again, since he missed the last Champions League game due to a yellow card.
Estimated Real Madrid line-up (4-3-3): Courtois – Mendy, Alaba, Militao, Carvajal – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vinicius, Benzema, Valverde
STATISTICS AND FACTS
● MS have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2018. Since then, the British have played 18 games at the Etihad, only two of which ended in a draw, the rest – wins.
● Karim Benzema has scored 12 goals this season, twice as many as Manchester City’s top scorer Riyad Mahrez.
● Real Madrid have not conceded goals in just two of their last ten games. And in the playoffs, the Whites conceded goals in every game.
City already eliminated the Madrid club in the previous round of the playoffs, but Real Madrid is a much more daring and courageous rival, ready to punish the English for any crap and laxity. Carlo Ancelotti only has one point left in La Liga to win the title, so all the main forces are focused on the Champions League.
Most likely, the “citizens” in their usual style will try to dominate the match, and the “Real” without a pang of conscience will take on the role of a counterattacking team. The price of a mistake in the Champions League semi-finals is very high, but teams will definitely not leave the field goalless.
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