Manchester City welcome Real Madrid in their first leg semi-final of the Champions league at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, April 26, starting 7:45 pm local time.
According to the BBC reports, City captain Vincent Kompany says that he is “100 percent fit” for the crucial encounter against the formidable Madrid side. Also, Madrid would hope for their star players Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to play despite injuries.
Home advantage could be beneficial for City in the first leg but the Madrid had a terrific run in the tournament, lately.
What the managers had to say?
Manuel Pellegrini, Man. City manager
It’s very important to enjoy the semi-final as it’s not something we achieve every year. The players know that. It’s important not to be comfortable because we’re at this stage. Everyone wants to continue, to play the final. We’ll see a City team that will play to win.
We won’t just try to defend to reach the final. I have always tried to have a team who play good football, play well. We need a hot heart and a cold mind … We need our emotions under control.
Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
We are in a decent vein of form, probably the best of the season. We are going to do the best we possibly can to score and try not to concede. It’s a game and tie that is 50/50. You can prepare all you want for a big game but then the game can turn out totally different to how you envisaged it. The important thing is to give 150%.
Our opponents are a great side. If you give them space they can hurt you. The players get between the lines and cause problems. When we’ve not got the ball we must keep it tight and defend; when we have the ball we’ll try and hurt them. The players are really focused. In 2014, there was a similar atmosphere in the dressing room.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Real Madrid: WWWWWL
Man. City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Silva; Agüero
Out: Touré (muscular problem)
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Jesé (Lucas Vázquez), Ronaldo
Out: Lazo (suspended)
Doubtful: Benzema (knee)
Manchester United vs Real Madrid, Semi-Finals First Leg
Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Time: 19:45 local time, 20:45 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Live Stream: Bet365
Click on the official UEFA website for additional details.