Los Blancos look to bounce back from the 2-1 loss they suffered in the first leg but will have to put in a gallant display at the Citizens' home ground. Live Soccer TV's preview gives you match facts, team news, and global broadcast listings for Man City vs Real Madrid.
Man City vs Real Madrid – Preview
The UEFA Champions League will be making its much-awaited return this Friday with two games, one being the highly-anticipated showdown between Manchester City and Real Madrid. In fact, this tie – it could be argued – is the most exciting match-up of the round of 16 and it will come to a conclusion this midweek.
The Citizens boast a 2-1 lead from the first leg, enjoying a remarkable win at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, that triumph came before football was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lot has changed since then, the most important being Los Blancos’ form.
Zidane’s men had failed to win four of the five games leading up to the break, including their home clash with the Citizens. However, since football returned, the Spanish giants have played 11 matches in total and have suffered zero defeats, winning all but one of those ties (D1). Ramos and Co. resumed the Primera Division campaign trailing Barcelona in the standings but quickly leapfrogged their bitter rivals due to their impeccable form, thus beating Messi’s side to the title. Some have pointed to controversial refereeing decisions that went in Real Madrid’s favor in recent games but no one can deny the turnaround Zidane’s has pulled off. The questioned is can they now achieve a comeback or is that out of the question?
As for Guardiola’s side, a lot too has changed for them since the break. The English giants have now confirmed their spot in next season’s Champions League after winning their CAS appeal against UEFA’s two-year European ban. Many predicted that suspension would be the spark Pep’s men needed to end their wait for European success but with the ban now taken away, it will be interesting to see if that desire fades away.
The Citizens had long been out of the English top-flight race due to several slip-ups during the campaign, so it was not a huge blow when Liverpool officially got their hands on the title in late June. Man City did miss out on the FA Cup title, however, crashing out in the semis at the hands of Arsenal and former assistant coach Mikel Arteta. Additionally, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, football is being played behind closed doors, which means City’s home advantage could amount to nothing as they will have no fans to pack the stands. All we know is that this promises to be a thriller!
Team news – Man City vs Real Madrid
Man City: The home side have only two absentees heading into the game. The first is Sergio Aguero who remains on the sideline due to a knee injury. The other is Mendy who is suspended for the second leg. Leroy Sane has been removed from the squad due to his move to Bayern Munich but the club’s key players – De Bruyne, Sterling, Maahrez, and Jesus – should all be at hand.
Real Madrid: Unfortunately, Zidane must make do without club captain and icon Sergio Ramos who is suspended for this tie. Mariano Diaz is unavailable while Marcelo is a doubt due to an adductor issue. Modric and Valverde are available but will be cautious if they play as they are a yellow card away from a suspension.
- These two clubs have faced off four times before. Real Madrid are yet to lose to Man City, winning twice and drawing twice.
- In fact, their only encounter in the Champions League knockout stage ended in a 1-0 aggregate victory for Los Blancos, with a Fernando own-goal handing the Spanish giants the win in that 2015/16 semi-final showdown.
- The Citizens’ record against Spanish opposition in two-legged knockout fixtures is P5, W1, L4. Those four defeats came in their last four run-ins with La Liga sides.
- Real Madrid have won nine and lost seven of their last 16 round of 16 fixtures.
- Last season’s loss to Ajax at this exact stage of the competition brought an end to their run of eight consecutive round of 16 victories.
- Los Blancos won their most recent two-legged knockout fixture against an English club and that was the 2016 victory over Man City.
- Their overall record in two-legged knockout ties vs Engish opponents is W8, L4.
Where to watch Man City vs Real Madrid live on August 7, 2020
Man City-Real Madrid kick off at 12:00 PT/15:00 ET/19:00 GMT/21:00 CEST
USA: Univision NOW, ZonaFutbol, TUDN.com, UniMás, CBS All Access, TUDN App, TUDN USA, CBS Sports Network, TUDNxtra
Australia: Optus Sport
Canada: DAZN, CBS Sports Network
Spain: Mitele Plus, Movistar Liga de Campeones, Movistar+
UK: BT Sport 1, BTSport.com, BT Sport Extra, BT Sport App, BT Sport Ultimate
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