The attention of the fans of the round witch is directed to what is described as “the media” at the top of the Champions League matches between Manchester City and Real Madrid on Tuesday, April 26, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the tournament at the “Al Ittihad” stadium.
By extrapolating the history of previous confrontations between the two teams and their records in the last editions of the tournament and the history of the coaches of the two teams, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, it is possible to extract some scenarios that are expected to occur in the match.
In this report from “winwin”, we present to you three expected scenarios at the top of Manchester City and Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
Eduardo Camavinga..a weakness that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola could exploit
It is possible that City coach Guardiola will repeat what he did against Manchester City and Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2019/2020 Champions League final, when he took advantage of the most prominent weakness in the Real Madrid team, which was coached at the time by French Zinedine Zidane.
Guardiola made his players focus on implementing the high pressure process on French defender Raphael Varane (currently Manchester United player) to take advantage of his lack of quality in getting the ball out compared to former Real Madrid captain, Spanish Sergio Ramos, forcing the French defender to commit two lapses that caused them to score two goals on his team. City qualified after winning home and away with the same score (2-1).
It is possible for the philosopher to repeat the reliance on the method of hitting the opponent’s weakness by exploiting another French weakness, Eduardo Camavinga, who is defective in the haste in physical impulses and the ease of obtaining yellow cards; Therefore, it is possible for Guardiola to take advantage of this point by focusing on the entry of his players into physical contact with him and creating situations that tempt him to intervene to extract the ball with the aim of luring him to make rough interventions that may be a reason to remove him from the match and hand the match over to City, especially since Camavinga is a candidate to replace the Brazilian Carlos Casemiro, who is still not Ready for the match, according to press reports.
The participation of players not ready from Manchester City and Real Madrid
Doubts are swirling about the ability of French Ferland Mendy, Brazilian Carlos Casemiro and Austrian David Alaba from Real Madrid, and Englishmen John Stones and Kyle Walker from Manchester City, to participate in the first leg.
The lack of available options and the importance of the match may push the coaches of the two teams to rely on some players despite their lack of full readiness, which may cause them not to appear at their best levels, and thus affect the chances of their team in the match.
And Real Madrid had previously relied on players who came back from injury and were not fully prepared, and the results were negative, as did former team coach Zidane in the return leg of the 2021/2020 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, when he relied in the starting lineup on Ramos, Mendy and Belgian Eden. Hazard was basic, and they showed a lackluster level in the match that Real Madrid lost 0-2.
And the current coach Ancelotti repeated the same thing in the current season 2021-22 when he started with French Karim Benzema in the first leg of the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, and Benzema did not appear in the match at the usual level, to lose Real Madrid 0-1 before rebounding in The return match and win 3-1 with a treble Benzema.
Pep Guardiola surprises and tactical inertia from Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti
Looking at his technical options since the beginning of the current season, the weapons that Ancelotti will rely on against Manchester City seem limited and predictable, while Guardiola has various options, especially in the midfield and attack, and from time to time comes up with some tactical surprises in the elimination matches and major dates, including what he did When he ignored the importance of including a central player in his team’s starting lineup in the last edition of the Champions League final, which he lost 0-1 to Chelsea.
Although Guardiola’s options in the final and quarter-finals of the current version are not out of the ordinary, it is possible that Guardiola will regain his obsession with tactical surprises motivated by his happy memories against Real Madrid when he swept him with his former team Barcelona 2-6 at the “Santiago Bernabeu”, That match witnessed the birth of the idea of the fake striker, which Guardiola reinvented, and assigned its application to the Argentine Lionel Messi, the current star of Paris Saint-Germain.