Manchester City reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time, so a semi-final is a new record for them.
Pellegrini’s men passed through PSG drawing 2-2 in Paris and winning 1-0 at home. The same scoreline (1-0) would be excellent news if it was to reappear tonight. Man City has scored more goals than any other team in the final 15 minutes of games in this year’s tournament.
They are 3rd in the Premier League, but still need to work hard in the remaining 3 games to hold on to automatic qualification to the Champions League. This can be achieved if the win the trophy in their current campaign and everyone in the club believes they can make history.
Toure remains sidelined but he is the only absentee.
Man. City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Silva; Agüero.
Out: Touré (muscular problem)
Real Madrid managed to turn around the odds around against Wolfsburg, guided by Cristiano Ronaldo (3-0). In Spain, minimizing the gap to the Primera Liga leaders Barcelona to 1 point was excellent news, but European glory still looks more possible than winning the league.
Los Blancos seek the 11th Champions League trophy and Zidane has a lot to offer at this stage. Football is not only tactics but also psychology and the French manager has been in that stage many times before.
Real Madrid traveled to Manchester with a full squad.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Our bet: Real Madrid has had their ups and downs but in the crucial moments they prove strong. With all respect to Man City and their possibilities of reaching the final, we will back Real Madrid winning this one.
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Away win for Real Madrid (29/20, 2.45)