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Man City vs Real Madrid UCL Semi Final, Date, Time, Venue, Probable Playing XI; Know all

By Real11 - May 17 2023 308 Views
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The Hosts are set to face 14-time UCL winner Real Madrid at home

This Wednesday, May 17, the last finalist of this 2022/23 edition of the UCL will be defined when the second leg of this great semifinal will take place between the Hosts Man City and Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium, which promises to be one of the most entertaining in the entire season.

A 1-1 draw in the first leg left this series completely open, even more so if we remember that the tiebreaker for away goals no longer exists, so winning is the only option they have to win the tie in the first leg in regulation time. The Citizens' hopes of getting their long-awaited first Champions League title continued after a great goal from Kevin De Bruyne in the 67th minute gave them a valuable equalizer in the first leg of these semi-finals. Now arriving here with the advantage to end the series before his people.

Precisely being at the Etihad Stadium could increase the confidence of Pep Guardiola's men. Since the English side has not lost in any of the four official matches they have played against Real Madrid in this venue, including a win of 4 -3 in the semifinals of the last edition of this contest. The Citizens arrive here amid an impressive 15-game winning streak at home in all competitions, in which they also scored two or more goals 14 times and kept a clean sheet nine times, one of those games. A 3-0 win against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.

For its part, the record-breaking 14-times Champions League winner, Real Madrid, could not get the victory at home despite having dominated the rhythm of the match at various times. So now it is their turn to the difficult mission of going out to find a triumph in a stadium where they have lost on their last two visits.

Hitting the road won't bring back fond memories for fans of the Spanish side either, considering Los Blancos' fans saw their team lose their last two away games in La Liga, conceding a total of six goals in the process.

Even so, Ancoletti's side is a team used to playing this type of match and it hasn't fared badly visiting England recently. Given that they faced two teams from that country in the two previous round fixtures Liverpool and Chelsea. The Spanish side achieved a win in the two clashes in which RMA had to be a visitor, scoring up to seven times.

Although Real knows they need to be cautious, City is a team used to always going up front and dominating games. So we will likely see them be more aggressive than in the first leg, something that with players like De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Ilkay Gundogan should score goals against an away team that usually gives a lot of freedom on their side of the pitch.

However, Real Madrid has shown that they don't need much to be effective in the rival goal, having at their disposal the speed of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo combined with the experience and great quality of Karim Benzema.

Without a doubt, this will be an entertaining commitment from beginning to end, in which both teams enjoy many chances in the opposite areas and leave us with many goals. Therefore, we expect both of them to trade blow for blow until the last minute and give us a great show.

 

Probable Playing XI:

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji; Stones, Rodri; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Kroos, Camavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Prediction: Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

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