Updated: 4 May 2022
Real Madrid and Manchester City will face each other again in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Semi-finals tie at the home stadium of the 13-times UCL Champions Santiago Bernabeu after a thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg which ended in a 4-3 win in favor of Manchester City. The match will be played on 5th May, Thursday at 12:30 PM IST, and in this article, we shall be discussing all the details that you need to know about the match at hand.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid just recently won the 2021-22 La Liga trophy which was the La Casa Blanca’s 35th league title in their rich history, the most won by any Spanish club ever. They will thus be fully charged coming into the match against Manchester City.
Real Madrid has pretty much made their name as the Comeback Kings of Europe this season. They registered a sensational comeback victory against both Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea in the second legs of the Round-of-16 and Quarter Finals respectively and thus a 1-goal deficit is nothing for them in that respect. Despite having been defensively obliterated by Manchester City, Real Madrid showed that they have what it takes to compete for eye to eye with the best club in the world currently and this will provide them with a great deal of confidence in the second leg.
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Probable Playing XI (4-3-3) : Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are also on the verge of winning their second consecutive Premier League title. The city has undoubtedly been one of the topmost teams in world football over the span of the last five years and they have mastered every phase of their game now. Their possession dominant game humiliates their opponents and it is simply impossible to get the ball too much against them. So the opposition usually has to be dependent on a counter-attack centric gameplan and luckily that is what Real Madrid does the best. This is why the encounter between the two sides is so exciting.
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Man City was quick to score two early goals against Real Madrid in the first leg at their home but despite scoring a total of 4 goals, they had to concede 3 goals which is pretty much uncharacteristic of Manchester City’s usual self because they are close-fisted when it comes to giving away goals. This proves that Man City have finally got their worthy opponents and the second leg will be worth the wait and an absolute treat to watch.
Probable Playing XI (4-3-3) : Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City: Head to Head
- Total Matches Played – 7
- Matches won by Man City – 3
- Matches won by Real Madrid – 2
- Matches Drawn – 2
Real Madrid vs Manchester City: Timing, Venue, and Live Stream
The second leg between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the UCL Semi-finals will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on 5th May from 12:30 AM (IST). The Match will be streamed live on Sony Sports Network and you can see it online on Sony Liv.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City: Winning Prediction
Although Real Madrid showed that they are totally capable of giving a great fight to Manchester City and the second leg is in-home stadium Santiago Bernabeu, we predict that Manchester City will be qualifying for the finals by registering a win in the second leg. We have seen in the fixture between City and Atletico that Pep Guardiola went out of his usual tactics to win the match against Diego Simione. This means that Guardiola is finally ready to adapt depending on the situation and it shall provide Manchester City with a huge advantage combined with the tactical genius of the Spaniard.