Football fans are waiting for the Champions League semi-final match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the “Al Ittihad” stadium in the first leg that will be held on Tuesday, April 26, and then the return match that will be hosted by the “Santiago Bernabeu” on Wednesday, May 4 next May.
The two teams will enter their next confrontation to take advantage in the history of their direct confrontations in the European championships, and to win the ticket to qualify for the final of the European competition, which City seeks to win for the first time in its history (the last edition lost 0-1 to Chelsea in England), while Real Madrid seeks to crown the title. Championship for the 14th time in its history.
Real Madrid’s squad to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final first leg
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 matches, City won the same and drew two matches. City had previously defeated Real at the Bernabeu once, while Real Madrid seeks to achieve its first victory over City at the “Al Ittihad” stadium.
The first confrontation between the two teams in the Champions League returns to the group stage of the 2012-13 season, when Real Madrid won 3-2 at home, then tied 1-1 back. 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 Champions League in the final price of the 2019-20 season, and Manchester City won 2-1 in the first-leg match that was held at the Bernabeu, then renewed its victory with the same result in the second leg.
Impactful absences in the ranks of Real Madrid and Manchester City
Despite entering Real Madrid’s list for the first leg against City, doubts are swirling about the ability of Austrian defender David Alaba and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro to play the match, after the first suffered a muscle injury that forced him to make an emergency exit from facing Osasuna in the Spanish League on Wednesday, April 20 (Real won it). Madrid 3-1) without knowing his health condition definitively.
For his part, Casemiro suffers from muscle problems in the left thigh, and the ambiguity over the position of the French Ferland Mendy, who suffers from muscle problems that may lead to his absence, although he is also on the list of the match.
As for Manchester City, it will definitely miss the services of Portuguese Joao Cancelo due to the suspension, with the English defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker suffering from muscle problems. Madrid, Spain, in the second leg of the final price (a 0-0 tie, and City qualified with a 1-0 win in the first leg).