Real Madrid vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2021/22
Date: 4th May 2022, Wednesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Real Madrid and Manchester City will play for a place in the UEFA Champions League final in 2021-22 at the Santiago Bernabeu this week.
We are solidly in the finale of the UEFA Champions League in the 2021/22 season, with only three matches remaining.
On Tuesday night, Villarreal will face Liverpool in the second leg of their semi-final, which will determine one of the finals.
Real Madrid will play Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday for the second spot in the finals, which will be held in France.
The first leg, which was played at the Etihad Stadium last week, was a thrilling goal-fest between Manchester City and Real Madrid, which concluded 4-3 in favor of the Premier League champions.
Los Blancos kept pushing back into the game despite being pushed back time and time again to keep the tie alive.
Following that encounter, Manchester City prepared for the second leg in Spain by thrashing Leeds United 4-0 in the Premier League, resting key players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva.
And Pep Guardiola will be hopeful that his team can continue their good form at the Bernabeu and win the game.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, won 4-0 at home against Espanyol on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side was crowned La Liga champions as a result of the victory, and the team’s morale will be at an all-time high.
This season, they’ve pulled off unlikely comebacks against PSG and Chelsea in the Champions League, and they’ll need to do it again on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Head to head :
Manchester City have bagged three straight wins against Real Madrid after the 4-3 win at the Etihad. Only Ajax and Bayern Munich had won straight games against the Los Blancos.
Five of the overall 7 Champions League meetings between the teams saw 3 or more goals with both teams scoring.
At Santiago Bernabeu, Real lead the h2h with 2 wins, though City won 2-1 in their latest visit in the 2019/20 season.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Prediction :
After winning La Liga at the weekend, Real Madrid will be full of confidence.
And, with the Spanish giants playing in the Champions League at home, it would be foolish to dismiss them.
They staged a comeback against PSG at the Bernabeu and clawed their way back against Chelsea to reach the semi-finals on the aggregate scoreline.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are relentless and showed how easily they can carve through their opponents in the first leg, despite the fact that Casemiro’s return may prevent them from doing so on Wednesday.
The Cityzens will field a stronger team than the one that played at the Etihad last week, thanks to the return of Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo.
Manchester City hasn’t lost on the road in over four months, while Real Madrid has lost two of their last four home games in all competitions.
It promises to be another nail-biting match, albeit with fewer goals than the first leg.
However, the Premier League champions should be able to defeat the freshly crowned La Liga champions and reach a second straight final.
Real Madrid vs Manchester Team News :
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti took a risk by rushing David Alaba back for the first leg after his injury problems, and the Austrian was taken off at halftime at the Etihad, missing the title-clinching win over Espanyol along with Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, and Luka Jovic – the latter of whom has since returned.
Alaba has been called up to the team for the second leg, but is yet to practice.
Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez will both return from domestic suspensions to create a powerful Blancos backline.
Isco has also been forced to withdraw from the squad owing to illness.
Rodrygo will seek to preserve his spot in the final third after starting the first leg and scoring a brace against Espanyol.
Benzema, Vinicius, Toni Kroos, and Ferland Mendy were all benched at the weekend with this match in mind.
In terms of Man City, Guardiola will warmly welcome Joao Cancelo back after his first-leg suspension, and Kyle Walker, despite his ankle injury, will travel with the squad.
Nathan Ake limped off with a knock in the win over Leeds and will need to be assessed, and John Stones is also out, so Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left side of the City defense could have another restless evening.
After being picked among the substitutes at Elland Road, De Bruyne, Silva, and Riyad Mahrez are all expected to return to the starting lineup, as Real’s adversary Gabriel Jesus prepares to lead the charge.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden