Manchester City – Real Madrid: time, formations and TV

A spectacular duel awaits us, ideal to stay glued to the armchair watching it for a good part of the afternoon in Argentina. Manchester City will host Real Madrid on Tuesday for the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. There are plenty of reasons to stay tuned: the English, who little by little begin to take a liking to playing these instances more often, face the top winner of the competition, Pep Guardiola (symbol of Barcelona) crosses Merengue again and on top of that the two arrive with a great present.


Guardiola wants to win the Champions League again. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP.

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WHAT TIME DO CITY – REAL MADRID PLAY?

This Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time), at the Etihad Stadium. The main referee will be the Romanian István Kovacs (he also directed City in the first leg against Atlético in the quarterfinals). The person in charge of the VAR will be the German Marco Fritz.

WHERE CAN I SEE LIVE CITY – REAL MADRID?

will televise it ESPN. Also, as usual, you will be able to follow minute by minute through the website of Hey.

Real Madrid reconnoitered the field of play the day before the match.  Photo: EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL.

Real Madrid reconnoitered the field of play the day before the match. Photo: EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL.

HOW DOES THE CITY GET THERE?

The Citizens, who with the help of Pep reached their first Orejona final last season (they lost 0-1 vs. Chelsea), reached this semi-final stage after eliminating Sporting Lisbon and Atlético de Madrid in the round of 16 of Simeone, in quarters. At the moment, They are the leaders of the Premier League (one point above Liverpool) and they come from beating Watford 5-1 last Saturday.

The Citizens come from beating Watford 5-1, with poker from Gabriel Jesús.  Photo: EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL.

The Citizens come from beating Watford 5-1, with poker from Gabriel Jesús. Photo: EFE/EPA/PETER POWELL.

The one that comes will not be another game for the Spanish coach of City, who reached his ninth Champions League semi-final as coach (record). And about what he thinks about the “mystique” of Madrid in this competition, he was honest: “It will be an incredible test for us. It is an honor to be in this stage. Real Madrid is a great team and we know that if we played against its history, we would not have a chance”.

City's Catalan coach spoke at a conference about the duel against Real.  Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP.

City’s Catalan coach spoke at a conference about the duel against Real. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP.

As far as the team is concerned, Guardiola will not be able to count on the Portuguese winger Joao Cancelowhich can be played on both sides, for accumulation of yellow cards. Besides, Kyle Walker and John Stones arrive very fair from the physical. So it is very likely that you will have to go out and play with an improvised defense.

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HOW IS REAL MADRID COMING?

For its part, Merengue knocked out Messi’s Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16, with an unforgettable comeback with Benzema’s hat-trick, and Chelsea in fourth place; also in a very exciting series in which he must have needed the extension. Unlike City, Carlo Ancelotti’s team is very loose in the local championship and You can even shout champion this Saturday, four dates in advance (a draw vs. Espanyol is enough for him). Last Wednesday they beat Osasuna 3-1 in Pamplona.

Benzema, the hero of Madrid in the round of 16 and quarters.  REUTERS/Juan Medina.

Benzema, the hero of Madrid in the round of 16 and quarters. REUTERS/Juan Medina.

The great figure -by scandal- of this Real Madrid is Karim Benzema. The 34-year-old French striker is in a state of total grace. It has been noted 39 goals in 40 games and he scored seven in the last three he played for Champions!

The Brazilian central midfielder suffers from muscular discomfort.  Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP.

The Brazilian central midfielder suffers from muscular discomfort. Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP.

For this visit to Manchester, the Spanish have three safe losses: those of Hazard, Jovic and Mariano, who did not even travel to England. Another one that could be added to this list is Casemirowho did take the plane to Manchester but continues with a muscle overload in the hamstring. They will wait until the last moment.

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WHEN IS THE RETURN?

The rematch of this series is going to be played Wednesday May 4, in Spain. The winner of this crossover will have to face Liverpool or Villarreal in the grand final on 5/28.

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PROBABLE FORMATIONS

Manchester City: Edison; Kyle Walker or John Stones, Rúben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez or Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling. DT: Pep Guardiola.

Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Eduardo Camavinga or Rodrygo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde; Karim Benzema and Vinícius Jr. DT: Carlo Ancelotti.

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