Here is the latest on performances and possible absences for both teams ahead of their midweek fixture:
Real Madrid Form and Team News
Coming away from the first leg with only a one-goal deficit was no mean feat to this Real Madrid team, as they looked completely out of sorts when City went two goals up. Their ability to recover and put in a good fight was evident again on the night, with the brilliance of Karim Benzema coming to the fore again.
Real Madrid sealed a sweet La Liga title, making their manager Carlo Ancelotti the first coach to win league titles across Europe’s top five leagues. They do need to perform better against English sides at home, as they lost a similar fixture to Chelsea in the quarter-finals and only progressed due to a comprehensive win in the first leg.
Perennial absentees Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, and Luka Jovic remain sidelined, as Madrid are sweating over David Alaba’s fitness to ensure he is available for City’s visit.
Manchester City Form and Team News
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus netted six goals as Manchester City ran riot, scoring 14 goals in three games to cap off a week when they rose beyond injuries and fitness issues to perform at their very best. Guardiola’s men followed up their 4-3 victory over Real Madrid with a 4-0 thrashing of Leeds at Elland Road.
City have been excellent away from home, with their last loss coming against RB Leipzig in December. Since that negative result, The Blues have racked up eleven wins and three draws on the road in all competitions and are certainly feeling confident ahead of the match at Santiago Bernabèu.
City will be sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Kyle Walker and John Stones, with the latter picking up a knock in the first leg. They remain doubtful to make the trip, and Guardiola may be forced to turn to Nathan Ake and Zinchenko, who have been excellent deputies.
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