The Champions League semifinal stage starts in Manchester as Pep Guardiola’s side host 13 times winners Real Madrid. Both sides won their respective games over the weekend to take further steps to championship wins.
City scored five for the first time in 2022
It’s not a surprise for Manchester City to score as many as five goals in a football game. Saturday’s 5-1 win against hapless Watford was the fifth time they managed to net five or more in a match.
But it was the first of its sort in 2022. A blip in their Premier League form resulted in Liverpool closing the gap to a single point for the last few weeks of the campaign, but City held their own for a 2-2 draw in the decisive game against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Since that fixture, the two teams have had a perfect record. Man City struggled in the first-half against Brighton, but Gabriel Jesus’ four-goal salvo helped them to a comfortable victory against relegation-threatened Watford.
When and where to watch?
The match kicks off at 20:00 on Tuesday 26th April 2022, and the entire match will be available on BT Sport 2.
Benzema’s missed penalties cause no harm
Real Madrid can start celebrating their La Liga title as Barcelona’s third defeat in a row at Camp Nou means the gap between the sides is 15 points with five rounds left to play in the division.
Karim Benzema missed two penalty-kicks in a space of seven minutes in a rare game the Ballon d’Or candidate failed to score, but Real Madrid returned home from Osasuna with a 3-1 win last Wednesday.
And, with the Copa del Rey final taking place, there was no La Liga round besides Barcelona’s rescheduled fixture against Rayo. The outcome of that fixture meant Carlo Ancelotti only needs a point from the last five games to become the first coach to win the top five leagues. If they do it next week, city rivals Atletico Madrid will give them the guard of honour.
The fourth tie between the clubs
From the first occurrence in the 2012-13 Champions League group stage to this latest episode, the two sides seeded together four times. In the same round, Real Madrid knocked Man City from the 2015-16 competition under the same gaffer, Ancelotti. Two years ago, Man City beat Real Madrid home and away in the Round of 16 clash in the only time Guardiola faced them as a Man City coach.
Man City & Real Madrid Team News
Joao Cancelo will be absent from Man City’s squad because of a yellow card suspension.
Only Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic will be absent from Madrid’s squad that will travel to Manchester.
A different Madrid or all the same?
Real Madrid is naturally far more attack-minded compared to Atletico, but Ancelotti preferred to shut it out in their first knockout game at PSG. But the new-look Madrid side from the one that won three consecutive Champions Leagues built confidence with the triumph over defending champions, Chelsea. More than anything, Man City will be facing a world-class striker unlike in the previous two rounds.
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