The Real Madrid squad prepare to visit the Etihad stadium on Tuesday night as they play the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Manchester City.

Let’s take a quick look at both teams ahead of the clash:

Manchester City

Lead by Manuel Pellegrini, this is the first time in history that Manchester City have managed to make it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and they will undoubtedly want to go all the way. Boasting names such as Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, and others, they have the capabilities to make it but will need to keep their heads down and not let the occasion get to them.

There has been a lot of talk of “revenge” as Manuel Pellegrini was replaced at Real Madrid after only one year in charge but the Chilean manager has publicly admitted otherwise as his main focus is to get his team to the finals. With “The Citizens” playing the first game on home turf, they will need to do everything in their power to avoid a defeat and not make the second-leg even harder than it already is expected to be.

Manchester City’s Past UCL Games This Year – 

Manchester City 1-2 Juventus
Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City
Manchester City 2-1 Sevilla
Juventus 1-0 Manchester City
Manchester City 4-2 Monchengladbach
Dynamo Kyiv 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City 0-0 Dynamo Kyiv
Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City
Manchester City 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain

The only English team left in the competition started off with quite a difficult group as they were able to get out of it and come up against one of the weaker sides in Dynamo Kyiv before beating Paris Saint-Germain at home to make it to this round of the tournament.

Manchester City’s Last 5 Games – 

Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City
Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester City
Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester City 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

With only one draw coming in their last five games, there is no denying that Manchester City are a team ready to come out fighting against Real Madrid, and no one should be expecting any less of them. They may have been the easiest team to draw in this round, but that does not necessarily mean that they’re easy. Do I need to remind you all about the Wolfsburg scare?!

Expected Lineup – 

Joe Hart, Kolarov, Otamendi, Mangala, Zabaleta, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero

Danger Man – 

Sergio Aguero – There is no denying that he will be the one to keep an eye on during the match alongside Kevin De Bruyne. The Argentinean striker knows Real Madrid very well and will want to get his first win against them… There is no bigger stage to make that happen.

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Real Madrid:

Ever since Zinedine Zidane was at the helm, things at Real Madrid seem a lot more positive and it’s something that will definitely help as they now prepare to play against Manchester City. The worries of injuries will definitely stick but he will surely have a squad capable of coming out of the match with the win in the end. The French manager will have to worry about complacency though.

Zidane will want to prove himself and he knows the importance of the UEFA Champions League in regards to Real Madrid. If Los Merengues get knocked out of the competition, even this late, it probably won’t be great news for the French manager. Having said that, they have a team that are more than capable of making things happen and will use their collective experience against Manchester City.

Real Madrid’s Past UCL Games This Year – 

Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo 0-2 Real Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-4 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo
AS Roma 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-0 AS Roma
Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg

There is no denying that Real Madrid had quite an ‘easy’ run in this season’s UEFA Champions League but it won’t really matter much if they’re able to win the competition. After the near disaster against Wolfsburg, there is always reason for panic in the squad and they need to be very wary against Manchester City.

Real Madrid’s Last 5 Games – 

Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-0 Villarreal
Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg
Real Madrid 4-0 Eibar

Los Merengues have been extremely consistent in their last five games and they will want to use that against Manchester City tomorrow night. Even though they may be missing Karim Benzema (who has been called up but nothing confirmed on his injury yet), they still have players who are more than able to make the difference.

Expected Lineup – 

Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jese

Danger Man – 

Gareth Bale – After his brilliant performance against Rayo Vallecano earlier this week, it will be very interesting to see if he is able to keep this performance up. Furthermore, it’s his first game in England ever since he joined Real Madrid and he will want to make it an occasion to remember

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