Manchester City and Real Madrid define the other finalist of the Champions League

Manchester City and Real Madrid define the other finalist of the Champions League

Real Madrid, accustomed to the magic of European nights at their stadium, will have to try to do it away from home against Manchester City to get through to their second consecutive Champions League final, on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. GMT) in the second leg of the semifinals. .

‘Merengues’ and ‘Citizens’ drew 1-1 in the first leg of the semifinals of the continental tournament last week at the Santiago Bernabéu so what goes to the final will be decided at the Etihad Stadium, converted into a real fortress by the City.

Pep Guardiola’s men have only conceded one defeat and one draw in their fiefdom this season, where they count their games for victories since the December 31 draw with Everton.

The task seems difficult for Real Madrid, current European champions, who have never won in their four games at their rival’s stadium, but Luka Modric assured this Tuesday that “We have played this type of game many times. I see confidence and tranquility, full faith in us».

‘A tope’

Coach Carlo Ancelotti did not hesitate to rest men like Rodrygo, David Alaba, Karim Benzema and Antonio Rüdiger in Saturday’s league victory against Getafe (1-0), and saved Vinicius, Toni Kroos and Modric a few minutes, with eyes set on Wednesday.

“I want to preserve the players who are tired”Ancelotti admitted openly before the match, from which the young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was touched with a slight knee sprain, from which he has recovered.

The Frenchman is in Manchester as is Militao, available after being suspended in the first leg, so Ancelotti has all his figures.

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“We reached the top because it is a game that we have had in our heads for a long time”affirmed the Italian coach, for whom courage will be essential.

«On an individual and collective level, the two teams are similar, but courage makes the difference, knowing how to endure and suffer. Courage will make the difference.”Ancelotti said, ahead of a game in which City are hoping to avenge last year’s elimination in the same round.

‘Freedom of play’

«The draw at the Bernabéu was good, because at the Etihad we have a lot of confidence. We have very good results here.”Defender Kyle Walker said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“At home we feel free and hopefully tomorrow we will have that feeling of freedom to play”added, for his part, his coach, Pep Guardiola.

In the Spanish capital, Rüdiger annulled Erling Haaland, but the Norwegian striker once again emerges as the great danger for City.

The Nordic striker couldn’t see the goal last Tuesday, but in his fief he is intractable, having scored 35 of the 52 goals he has accumulated this season with his team.

To help his gunner, Guardiola assured this Tuesday that they are going to “adjust things, change things, we have to generate more chances, for the ball to reach the forwards.”

“It’s nothing special, I’m not overthinking things, we’re not going to change much, just a couple of things to make the game more fluid”he added rejecting tactical experiments.

“I have told the players to see it as a great opportunity, to take advantage of how lucky we are to be there. It depends on us, we have to be ourselves and win a match to be in the final.”he concluded.

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