Zinedine Zidane is in the hunt for an unprecedented fourth Champions League trophy as Real Madrid manager. Pep Guardiola needs the elusive piece of silverware that could save Man City and their season. We preview a tie where the Mancunians are firmly in the driving seat.
Who is playing?
Manchester City vs Real Madrid (2-1 agg.)
What competition are Man City and Real Madrid playing in?
UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 2nd leg
What time is Man City vs Real Madrid?
20:00 GMT on Friday 7th August 2020
Which stadium is Man City vs Real Madrid being held at?
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Where can I watch this game?
BT Sport 1
Man City vs Real Madrid Summary
Man City turned around a 1-0 deficit courtesy of two late goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, putting the Blues in pole position to qualify to the next round.
Sergio Ramos’ late dismissal compounded Madrid’s hopes of progression as the stalwart will miss the return leg in Manchester.
A quarter final place is at stake against either Lyon or Juventus, as the tournament format changes to one-legged knockout from then onwards.
Man City Team News and Form
Pep Guardiola’s men have the chance to win their first Champions League in what has been an otherwise underwhelming season. A routine defence of the Carabao Cup will lift spirits after conceding the title to Liverpool long before the season’s conclusion.
Defensive issues have plagued City this season, with the ever reliable Aymeric Laporte missing most of the season. They have allowed 12 more goals in this season in the Premier League compared to last.
In their last ten games, they have kept a very impressive six clean sheets. Expect their defensive acumen to be tested as Madrid look to to rack up the away goals in hope of progression. City will be without a suspended Benjamin Mendy and long-term absentee Sergio Aguero, who is recovering after a knee operation in June.
Real Madrid Team News and Form
Los Blancos are on a formidable streak that has seen them pick up their first La Liga title in three years. An unbeaten run of ten proved too much for Catalonian rivals Barcelona, after netting sixteen times post-lockdown.
The Madrid outfit are still in with a shout of securing their fourth Champions League with club legend Zinedine Zidane on the touchline. The sticking point however will be how history won’t be on their side, with only four teams ever overturning a first leg deficit in knockout European football.
Along with Ramos’ absence, the away side will be without Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez (both left out of the travelling squad), and Mariano Diaz, who tested positive for Coronavirus.
Man City Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Norwich (H) 5-0 Win
- Watford (A) 4-0 Win
- Arsenal (N) 2-0 Loss
- Bournemouth (H) 2-1 Win
- Brighton (A) 0-5 Win
Real Madrid Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Leganes (A) 2-2 Draw
- Villarreal (H) 2-1 Win
- Granada (A) 2-1 Win
- Deportivo Alaves (H) 2-0 Win
- Athletic Bilbao (A) 1-0 Win
Man City Top Goalscorers
- Raheem Sterling (20 Premier League goals + 5 Champions League goals) – An under-the-radar season for the England winger that put up some impressive numbers this season. He has seven goals in his last six appearances in all competitions.
- Gabriel Jesus (14 Premier League goals + 5 Champions League goals) – The Brazilian has done well in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero throughout this season. Still only 23-years-old, he has scored in four of his last six matches for City.
Real Madrid Top Goalscorers
- Karim Benzema (21 La Liga goals + 4 Champions League goals) The Frenchman picked up the top scorer in La Liga and has been instrumental in their domestic success. He matched his domestic goal tally from last season and scored four goals in his last four appearances.
- Vinicius Jr. (3 La Liga goals + 1 Champions League goal) The downside to this Real Madrid side is if they don’t have captain Sergio Ramos, who will miss this game, they do not have many goals in their team outside of Benzema. Vinicius scored in the group stage match away at Club Brugge, and last scored in late June in La Liga.
- Madrid have won 16 of their last 25 European away matches, losing just five.
- Man City have not lost a two-legged knockout tie to a non-English club since going out on away goals to Monaco in the 2016/17 round of 16 (5-3 h, 1-3 a).
- In the round of 16, the Cityzens’ home record is W2 D1 L3.
- City’s record against Spanish clubs in two-legged knockout ties is W1 L4, with defeats in each of the last four.
- Only five times in the UEFA Champions League era has a team turned round a tie after a home first-leg defeat, although three occurred in 2018/19; Tottenham against Ajax in the semi-finals (0-1 h, 3-2 a) and, in the round of 16, Manchester United against Paris-Saint Germain (0-2 h, 3-1 a) and Ajax against Madrid themselves (1-2 h, 4-1 a).
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