Spain: Real Madrid will be looking to enter their 14th UEFA Champions League final when they take on first time semi-finalists Manchester City at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night. City, on the other hand, will aim to cause upset and take on Atletico Madrid for a shot at glory.
Atletico put aside an aggressive Bayern Munich when Antoine Griezmann headed one into the back of the net for a precious away goal to enter the finals after aggregating 2-2.
Both Real and City have good news and concerns at the same time. While star striker Cristiano has been declared fit for the second leg of the semi-final, Karim Benzema remains doubtful for the critical clash. The Portuguese, who is also the leading scorer of this season of Champions League with 16 goals, had missed the first leg and two La Liga games after a hamstring injury he picked on April 20 against Villarreal.
Yaya Toure is expected to back for City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s team might miss the services of David Silva who had to leave the field after pulling a hamstring muscle in the first leg.
The first leg at Etihad saw both teams making extra efforts to be cautious. The match ended as a goalless draw.
The only previous competitive meeting between the sides at the Bernabeu was in the group stage of the 2012/13 competition, with City leading twice before losing 3-2 thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Ronaldo.
Real Madrid are yet to concede at goal at home this season which puts them as favourites in the second leg. Manchester City, however, should not be underestimated. They might not have the experience of playing in a Champions League semi-final as much as Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, but expect them to come out all guns blazing at the Bernabeu. And if they do manage to pull off an upset, it could well be history in the making.