Our prediction for this Champions League match:
The ground at Etihad Stadium will shake when Manchester City and Real Madrid face each other in the Champions League semis, first leg on Tuesday. The Citizens did well to survive Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital, and they face yet another difficult task in the double-header with los Blancos. Joao Cancelo is banned for the match, while Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan should be recalled to the starting XI after the duo was rested in a 5-1 crushing of Watford.
Both Kyle Walker and John Stones should recover in time to take part in the first leg. Carlo Ancelotti’s men, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Man City by beating Chelsea in the two-legged tie. Real Madrid continue to rely on Karim Benzema, who is enjoying a season to remember, while Eden Hazard remains in the recovery room. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Man City eliminated Real Madrid without any difficulties in their last meeting in the elite competition.
Highlighted Player (Raheem Sterling):
Raheem Sterling is an English professional footballer plays for Manchester City in the Premier League. The winger who is known for his lightning pace and dribbling ability started his youth career as a five-year-old playing for Alpha and Omega. In 2003, he joined QPR's youth academy and spent seven years with them before signing for Liverpool in 2010.
At Liverpool, Sterling made his professional debut, coming on as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Athletic on the 24th of March, 2012. He went on to make over 120 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring 23 goals and providing 25 assists in the process. In August 2015, Sterling joined Manchester City on a transfer worth 49 million pounds, which made the most expensive English footballer at the time.
Since signing for the Citizens, Sterling has enjoyed a trophy-laden career winning every English domestic trophy available and has molded himself into one of the best players in the league. Sterling, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, holds both the English and Jamaican citizenship but chose to represent England at the International stage. The 24-year-old has capped at every youth level and won his first cap for the senior team on the 14th of November, 2012. He has since featured 53 times for the Three Lions.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).