The Etihad Stadium in Manchester is going to host probably the most anticipated match in this season's UCL. Manchester City and Real Madrid are going to clash with each other for a place in the UCL final. This semi-final is a repeat of last year’s semi-final when these two clashed. The first leg match was a really great match where both teams dominated one half each in the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Manchester City will give their all on Thursday against Real Madrid to earn a place in the final after missing out last year. They will be up against a strong Real Madrid midfield attack, but they will be ready for the challenge with some young and talented players in their squad. Pep Guardiola’s men will be eyeing the UCL trophy as well after gaining their lead and getting close to the Premier League trophy.
Real Madrid has been magnificent in the 2022–23 season of the UCL. They have truly played like defending champions and are well on their way to defending their title. The road to the trophy is not easy for them, as a formidable Manchester City side awaits them in the second leg of the semi-final. The top bookmakers in India have some decent Champions League odds on their platforms.
The Manchester City players also look in good form and are ready to battle it out in their home stadium on Thursday. Man City lost to Real Madrid in the semi-final of the last UCL season, and they will be very eager to change it this time around. Kevin de Bruyne will be the most important player for them. They are predicted to go with the 3-2-4-1 formation.
Manchester City are expected to go with the strongest XI
Predicted Lineup: Ederson (gk), Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, M. Akanji, J. Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Gundogan, Jack Grealish, and E. Haaland
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been brilliant in the midfield, and the strikers have converted the chances beautifully. The Real Madrid team is in great shape, and their midfield looks the best in this tournament. Vinicus Jr. was the player who scored for them in the last match, and he will be the player to watch out for in this match as well. Madrid would want to beat Manchester City and reach the UCL final once again. They will go with the 4-3-3 formation
Real Madrid are fully fit and are expected to go with the strongest line-up.
Predicted Lineup: Thibaut Courtois (gk), Carvajal, A Rudiger, D Alaba, E Camavinga, Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, and Vinicus Juniorfinal
Real Madrid thrives under pressure. Throughout the years, they have consistently displayed their ability to deliver outstanding performances in crucial moments. However, Manchester City, a formidable force in European football, will not go down without a fight. Nevertheless, the depth and strength of Real Madrid's team are likely to be the deciding factors in this clash.
Their ability to control the midfield and capitalize on scoring opportunities could prove pivotal in tipping the scales in their favor. While Manchester City possesses exceptional talent and a strong desire to advance, Real Madrid's experience and prowess in pressure situations may give them the edge in this crucial showdown.