Paris at all costs. Launched in the final sprint of the season, Manchester City and Real Madrid will do everything they can this Tuesday to get a little closer to the Stade de France and the UEFA Champions League final. For this, the Skyblues like the Merengues want to start on the right foot during the semi-final of the first leg that takes place this Tuesday evening at the Etihad Stadium. For this five-star shock, Pep Guardiola, like Carlo Ancelotti, wants to bring out the heavy artillery despite a few absentees.
On the English side, the Spanish technician will have to do without João Cancelo’s suspended services. Uncertain, Kyle Walker (ankle) and John Stones (muscle pain) will not be on the field. Guardiola warned at a press conference yesterday that he could tinker: “I’m sure players will play in positions they’re not used to, but they’ll do their best”† No surprise in the cages for this unprecedented eleven who will start in 4-3-3 as Ederson will be in attendance at kick-off.
Absences on both sides
For him we should find a defensive quartet Ake-Laporte-Ruben Dias-Zinchenko. Centre-back Nathan Aké will play on the left, while Oleksandr Zinchenko, a specialist in the position, will play on the right. In midfield, Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne will struggle against the Madrilenians. Finally, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden are expected to start the game and try to storm the opposing goals. Also on the Spanish side, Carlo Ancelotti will have to do without a number of elements, namely Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jović. Casemiro and Alaba were unsure.
For example, the Madrid team plays in 4-3-3 with the indispensable Thibaut Courtois in the cages. Before him, Mendy, Alaba, Milatão and Carvajal will have the mission to stop the Mancunian offensives. In midfield, Camavinga will replace Casemiro, too honest, to accompany Kroos and Modric. Finally, to support the Karim Benzema machine, Ancelotti would have to bet on Vinicius Jr and Valverde. Two formations that look great and that have to offer a great show on Tuesday evening. Kick-off at 9 pm for this gala meeting to follow live on our live commented site†
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