July 17, 2024

Man City vs Real: City faces ‘incredible test’ as three key defenders in doubt for semifinal clash

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Man City vs Real Madrid: Manchester City faces an ‘incredible test’ in the semifinal clash against Real Madrid.

Manchester City faces Real Madrid this Tuesday night in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

City coach Pep Guardiola has warned his side to prepare against what he called the “kings of the competition”. 

City, finalists last year, dream of a first Champions League title and warned his team “We will suffer” if they make mistakes.

And asked what Manchester City do to beat Real Madrid, Guardiola said “to be there in the last stages with the best teams in the world, in Europe, to be here is good. Now we are trying to be ourselves, to compete well, and we have to play two outstanding games to reach the final, and I hope we can do that.”

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Man City vs Real: Three key defenders in doubt for Champions League clash

Manchester City could be without three key defenders for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Right-back Kyle Walker and center-back John Stones are both doubts for the first leg tie at the Etihad Stadium through injury.

Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo will also miss the clash due to suspension, having been booked three times in the competition this season.

Speaking on the injuries, Guardiola says that if either of them were to make a late return to the selection, it would be decided just hours before kick-off.

“They (Walker and Stones) are doubts, they didn’t train for the last week to ten days and John since Brighton,” said Guardiola. “We’ll see how they feel, we’ll speak to them tomorrow (Tuesday) and then make the decision.”

City are yet to win the competition in their history, despite reaching last season’s final in Porto. A 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in Portugal 11 sealed victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side that day.

Man City played Real Madrid in this competition two seasons ago during the coronavrius pandemic period. 

In both legs of that Round of 16 tie, City were 2-1 winners.

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