Champions League 2022-23 : Real Madrid vs Man City Match Preview and Lineups

Real Madrid vs Chelsea
GAME Real Madrid vs Chelsea
DATE 12/04/2023
TIME 12:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Santiago Bernabéu

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Match Preview of Real Madrid vs Man City

Real Madrid will host Manchester City at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, with both teams coming off impressive quarter-final victories. Real Madrid, the reigning champions, dispatched Chelsea with four unanswered goals over the two legs, while Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners over Bayern Munich. Real Madrid will be looking to prioritize their quest for a 15th top-level European crown, with the domestic La Liga title already slipping out of their grasp to Barcelona. Meanwhile, Manchester City are aiming for a terrific treble with an FA Cup final and the Premier League title within their grasp.

However, Guardiola's side will have to overcome their recent record of six semi-final eliminations if they are to progress to the final. Real Madrid will have to work without Eder Militao for the first leg due to suspension, while Ferland Mendy is expected to miss out due to a calf injury. Despite Luka Modric shaking off a hamstring concern, Aurelien Tchouameni could be the one to make way, and Antonio Rudiger is set to join David Alaba at the back for Real Madrid.

Our Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Man City possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji; Stones, Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland

Who will win the match?

The scoreline reads Real Madrid 2-2 Manchester City, and Haaland, in particular, will be relishing the opportunity to go up against a depleted Real Madrid defense without Militao. With their struggles in keeping clean sheets domestically, Los Blancos could prove to be vulnerable.

Nevertheless, it's important to remember that Real Madrid has a storied history in European competitions, and they should never be underestimated. The first leg promises to be a closely contested match, and both teams are expected to put on a show. A draw would undoubtedly favor Guardiola's squad, who will look to secure a favorable result before the return leg at the Etihad on May 17.

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