The difference is out! Real wears the iconic white Meringue, while City sport the dark blue color of the MAN CITY team’s third jersey, an insult to one of the most beautiful club crests out there. A rare old ambiance at the Santiago Bernabéu; They know how to host a European night here, okay. We will leave after exchanging slogans and shaking hands and playing Zadok the Priest (copy). Not long now!
Pep Guardiola speaks to BT Sport. “It’s going to be different. There will be defense moments, transfers, an open game. Kyle Walker trained, we spoke yesterday, and he said ‘I’m ready’. Of course he’s an important player for us. I’m not a guy who likes to take risks, but there are moments of the season that you have to take risks, And this is one of them.”
Pre-match prediction. It will be a magical night real madrid, according to this A3 sheet of paper spotted outside the Bernabéu. Not sure what’s in the bag. Faggs and wine, perhaps, or bacon.
Read before the game.
History next to City tonight. Real Madrid has a long history in Europe, but it never came late to win a semi-final in North America Champions League Or the European Cup after losing the first leg, whether at home or away. They are zero for eight, having failed to turn things around against Manchester United (1968), Ajax (1973), Bayern Munich (1987, 2001 and 2012), Barcelona (2011), Borussia Dortmund (2013) and Juventus (2015).
Real Madrid are making two changes to the squad selected to start last week in Manchester. Nacho and Casemiro take the place of David Alaba and Rodrygo, who were named for the night as alternates.
Manchester City also made two changes to the starting line-up going away. Kyle Walker returned from an ankle injury, while Joao Cancelo came back from suspension. John Stones was injured, while Oleksandr Zinchenko fell to the bench.
real madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Subs: Alaba, Vallejo, Asensio, Marcelo, Lunin, Jovic, Lucas, Ceballos, Rodrigo, Mariano, Camavinga, Voedias.
Manchester Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Foden.
Subs: Aki, Sterling, Gundogan, Grealish, Zinchenko, Stephen, Fernandinho, Carson, Egan Riley, Palmer, Makati, Lavia.
to rule: Daniel Orsato (Italy).
This happened last week…
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