Manchester City will be looking to book their place in the Champions League final when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday night. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, meaning that City will be the favorites to progress to the final.
Pep Guardiola is unlikely to make changes to his side for the second leg, with Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish both expected to start. De Bruyne was rested for the weekend’s Premier League win over Newcastle United, while Grealish has been in good form in recent weeks.
Here is a possible lineup for Manchester City against Real Madrid:
Predicted City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Akanji, Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish, Haaland.
City will be confident of winning the second leg and booking their place in the Champions League final. However, they will need to be at their best to overcome a Real Madrid side that has a habit of pulling off stunning results in the Champions League.
Here are some of the tactics that City could use to win the second leg:
- Control possession: City have one of the best midfields in the world, and they will need to use their possession to control the game and create chances.
- Attack down the flanks: Real Madrid’s full-backs are not the quickest, so City could look to attack them down the flanks with their pacey wingers.
- Get Haaland in the game: Haaland is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, and City will need to get him involved in the game as much as possible.
If City can execute these tactics, they will be in a good position to win the second leg and book their place in the Champions League final.