Man City are facing many problems after the UEFA penalty, but Real Madrid will face many challenges, when the two teams face the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League in the Bernabeu.
After 4 years, Real Madrid and Man City reunited in the UEFA Champions League arena. In the 2015-16 season, Real Madrid had to go through two intense matches to beat City in the Champions League semi-final.
This year, the lucky draw pushed the two teams to face each other too early. The second in the group stage (after PSG) makes Real Madrid face Man City, creating a competition between the two richest teams in Europe today.
Man City played in the first round of the 1/8 Champions League in the context of psychological insecurity. They have been banned from taking part in the UEFA Champions League for two consecutive years due to a violation of the rules of financial fairness and no one foresee any goal they will play in the European Cup.
Man City itself no longer has the opportunity to catch up with Liverpool in the race to win the Premier League, so the “Green” Man also somewhat loses momentum in the domestic league. Therefore, Pep Guardiola’s army will probably focus their efforts on two great battles with Real Madrid.
While leading Barcelona, Pep Guardiola had impressive victories at Real Madrid in the Super Classic match. But it was clear that Barcelona was stronger than Manchester City at the time, and that Real Madrid was coach Zidane more than a few years ago.
In the Premier League over the weekend, Man City defeated Leicester 1-0 to maintain second place in the rankings. It was the match that Aguero missed a penalty, but the “Green” Man still won all 3 points thanks to the shine of Gabriel Jesus.
That hard victory helped Man City confidently during the trip to the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid was ready for the classic competition. Moreover, Real Madrid are facing certain problems before the match in the 1/8 Champions League round.
The 1-0 defeat to Levante at the weekend not only caused Real Madrid to lose the top of the table to Barcelona, but they were also mentally certain before the Super Classics. That match also caused Real Madrid to lose expensive rookie Eden Hazard due to injury.
Coach Zidane has won the Champions League for three consecutive years with Real Madrid, so this arena has a special meaning for him. Zizou wants to repeat the past and immediate achievement, he needs to pass through the door of the one named Man City.
Under coach Zidane, Real Madrid still behaved quite smoothly with a 4-3-1-2 scheme. Casemiro, Modric, Kroos played stably in the middle and Isco took the lead role behind Bale-Benzema. In addition, the mobility of Carvajal and Marcelo on the wings helps Real Madrid have a variety of attack plans.
Man City also owns an attacking team with Aguero, Bernado Silva in attack and David Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez playing in the middle of the field. Coach Guardiola wants to play offensive at the Bernabeu, in order to find an advantage before the rematch at Etihad.
Real Madrid are more appreciated for their home advantage, but Man City also possesses an elite squad and plays diverse. This is an extremely unpredictable battle and any team with a star that shines at the right time, will have many opportunities to win at the Bernabeu.