A spectacular duel awaits us, ideal to stay glued to the armchair watching it for a good part of the afternoon in Argentina. Manchester City will host Real Madrid on Tuesday for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals . There are plenty of reasons to stay tuned: the English, who little by little begin to take a liking to playing these instances more often, face the top winner of the competition, Pep Guardiola (symbol of Barcelona) crosses Merengue again and on top of that the two arrive with a great present.
WHAT TIME DO CITY – REAL MADRID PLAY?
This Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time),at the Etihad Stadium. The main referee will be the Romanian István Kovacs (he also directed City in the first leg against Atlético in the quarterfinals). The person in charge of the VAR will be the German Marco Fritz.
WHERE CAN I SEE LIVE CITY – REAL MADRID?
It will be televised by ESPN. Also, as usual, you will be able to follow the minute by minute through the Olé website.
HOW DOES THE CITY GET THERE?
The Citizens, who with the help of Pep reached their first Orejona final last season (they lost 0-1 vs. Chelsea), reached this semi-final stage after eliminating Sporting Lisbon and Atlético de Madrid in the round of 16 of Simeone, in quarters. Currently, they are the leaders of the Premier League (one point above Liverpool) and come from beating Watford 5-1 last Saturday.
Regarding the team’s set-up, Guardiola will not be able to count on the Portuguese winger Joao Cancelo , who can play on both wings, due to the accumulation of yellow cards . In addition, Kyle Walker and John Stones arrive very fair from the physical. So it is very likely that he will have to go out and play with an improvised defense.
HOW IS REAL MADRID COMING?
For its part, Merengue knocked out Messi’s Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16 , with an unforgettable comeback with Benzema’s hat-trick, and Chelsea in fourth place; also in a very exciting series in which he must have needed the extension. Unlike City, Carlo Ancelotti ‘s team is very loose in the local championship and can even claim champion this Saturday, with four dates in advance (a draw vs. Espanyol is enough). Last Wednesday they beat Osasuna 3-1 in Pamplona.
The great figure -by scandal- of this Real Madrid is Karim Benzema . The 34-year-old French striker is in a state of total grace. He has scored 39 goals in 40 games and scored seven in the last three he played for Champions!
For this visit to Manchester, the Spaniards have three safe casualties: Hazard, Jovic and Mariano , who did not even travel to England. Another that could be added to this list is Casemiro , who did take the plane to Manchester but continues with a muscle overload in the hamstring. They will wait until the last moment.
Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker or John Stones, Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez or Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling. DT: Pep Guardiola.
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Eduardo Camavinga or Rodrygo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde; Karim Benzema and Vinícius Jr. DT: Carlo Ancelotti.