Man City dream of European title in front of Real Madrid barrier

The world’s attention is directed to the top of the Champions League semi-final matches between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the “Al-Ittihad” stadium, where the first leg will be played on Tuesday, April 26, and they will meet in the second leg at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium on Wednesday, May 4 Next May.

And the dream of the comrades of the captain of the Algerian national team, Riyad Mahrez, collides with facing the “king” of the Champions League with his 13 record titles, the first of which dates back to 1956, and the last was in 2018, when he crowned him for the third time in a row.

Last season, the “heavenly” team reached the final of the continental competition; But he lost against his compatriot Chelsea (0-1), and he aspires during this edition to compensate for his recent setback, and achieve the dream of winning the “with the ears” cup.

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Man City, led by Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, showed that it is one of the best teams in the “old continent” and in England, as it leads the “Premier League” with 80 points, amid strong competition with its direct chaser, Liverpool, 79 points.

On the other hand, the “Royal” is playing in the semi-finals for the thirtieth time in its history, and aspires to regain control of the European continent, by kidnapping a new title, enhancing the record.

Despite the varying levels of Real Madrid in many matches during this season, locally and in Europe, the royal team showed the hero’s personality in critical situations, as he managed to turn things upside down, and snatched his qualification in the last two rounds, against Paris Saint-Germain, France (lost 0-1 In the first leg and then won the return 3-1), while he starred in front of “the defending champion” Chelsea and won the first leg in London 3-1, before redressing the danger of his exit, and losing the second leg 2-3, to get a ticket to qualify for the semi-finals in order to face Man City.

Pep Guardiola: A special evening to enjoy

Guardiola (the title winner twice as a coach with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011), commented on facing a team of Real Madrid’s caliber, saying: “It is the third time that we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and we will face a team that has many Champions League trophies in its coffers.” . “It is expected to be a special evening to enjoy. We have to give everything we have, and then we will see what happens.”

Carlo Ancelotti to write history

Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, confirmed that his entire focus is on the Champions League, explaining: “I am not thinking about when we will win the La Liga title. We are completely focused on the Champions League semi-finals and are preparing for the confrontation with everything we have.”

He continued, “After the match against Manchester City we will think about these matches. We plan to prepare well for the Champions League semi-finals and then we will see what happens, and whether we need to beat Espanyol. We only focus on the Champions League and arrive with good dynamics. We are in good shape, Committed and enthusiastic.”

Ancelotti is seeking to go down in history as the first coach to win the continental competition title 4 times, after having previously won it three times with his former club AC Milan in 2003 and 2007 and with Real Madrid in his first period in 2014.

The history of direct confrontations between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the Champions League

The two teams have faced each other 6 times in the Champions League, Real Madrid won two games, and City won the same, and tied in two matches.

The first confrontation between the two teams in the Champions League goes back to the group stage of the 2012-13 season, when Real Madrid won 3-2 at home, then tied 1-1 in the second leg. The two teams faced each other in the semi-finals of the 2015-16 season, and the two teams tied 0-0, then Real Madrid won 1-0 at home in the second leg.

The two teams faced each other for the third time in the European Champions League in the quarter-finals of the 2019-20 season, and Manchester City won 2-1 in the first-leg match that was held at the Bernabeu, and then won again with the same result in the second leg.

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