Real Madrid welcomes Manchester City in Wednesday night’s second semi-final encounter leg in the Champions League at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, starting 20:45 CET.
According to the UEFA reports, Cristiano Ronaldo is set and ready for the upcoming clash. Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, isn’t taking the game lightly. He says, “Cristiano [Ronaldo] is fine, 100%. There’s no risk – he’s training. He’s improved over the last week. He is a player who looks after himself and recovers quickly.
“It will be a disaster if we don’t go through. This will be a tougher game than the first leg because we know it will all be decided. They have good players, especially up front, but we’ll play our football as always. We won’t have the same game as the second leg against Wolfsburg. We can’t think we’ll score two or three inside 15 minutes. It’s a different game and we know we’ll suffer from the first minute to the 90th. We need to be patient and calm.
“We need to think about playing football, pressing high up and being intense. We also know we are playing a very difficult opponent who will make things difficult. There’s no special plan for [Sergio] Agüero, who is a fundamental player for them.”
According to the BBC reports, Joe Hart was particularly impressive in the first leg encounter. Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager, comments before the match, “Our aim must be to get to a final that we have never before reached. We have a lot of faith in our ability and expect to prove it. It’s always good to be back at the Santiago Bernabéu – I have very good memories of being here. The pressure at this stadium is always great but we have the personality and team to win it.
“We have the opportunity to make club history but we will have to play well. We tried to press and steal the ball in Manchester but it was not a good day. Tomorrow we will try to have possession and attack from the first minute. Great matches are decided by the best, but we have to play as a team defensively and offensively against Real Madrid; not just Cristiano.”
Last Night’s Result
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Modrić, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Jesé, Ronaldo
Out: Benzema (hamstring), Casemiro (hip)
Man. City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, Touré, De Bruyne; Agüero
Out: Silva (hamstring), Zabaleta (calf)
Doubtful: Touré (muscular problem)
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Real Madrid: WDWWWW
Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Time: 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Live Stream: BET365