Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when Real Madrid and Manchester City face each other in the Champions League semis, return leg. Los Blancos aim to overcome a one-goal deficit, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s clash. Karim Benzema was rested in a 4-0 win over Espanyol, but he is widely expected to lead the line against the Citizens.
Both Nacho and Militao are back from domestic bans, while Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale remain in the recovery room, as well as David Alaba. Pep Guardiola’s men, on the other hand, aim to defend their slim lead in the second leg. Since both sides experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the Etihad Stadium clash, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Kevin De Bruyne returns to the starting XI, while both Kyle Walkers and John Stones are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Man City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight.
Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), but both managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097.
Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.