Paris at all costs. Launched into the final sprint of the season, Manchester City and Real Madrid will do their utmost this Tuesday to get a little closer to the Stade de France and the UEFA Champions League final. For this reason, the Skyblues like the Merengues want to start on the right foot in the first leg semi-final that will be played this Tuesday evening at the Etihad Stadium. For this five-star shock, Pep Guardiola like Carlo Ancelotti intends to bring out the heavy artillery, despite some absent.
On the English side, the Spanish coach will have to do without the services of João Cancelo, suspended. Uncertain, Kyle Walker (ankle) and John Stones (muscle pain) will not be on the pitch. Thus, Guardiola yesterday at a press conference warned that he could tinker: “I’m sure the players will play in positions they’re not used to, but they’ll do their best.”. For this unprecedented eleven that will start with the 4-3-3, no surprises in the cages given that Ederson will be present at the kick-off.
Absent on both sides
In front of him we should find a defensive quartet Aké-Laporte-Ruben Dias-Zinchenko. Center-back Nathan Aké will play on the left flank while Oleksandr Zinchenko, specialist in this role, will play on the right. In midfield Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne will struggle to face the people of Madrid. Finally, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden should start the game and try to storm the opponents’ goals. On the Spanish side, Carlo Ancelotti will also have to do without several elements, namely Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jović. Casemiro and Alaba were uncertain.
Thus, the people of Madrid will play in the 4-3-3 with the essential Thibaut Courtois in the stands. In front of him Mendy, Alaba, Milatão and Carvajal will have the mission to stop the Mancunian offensives. In midfield Camavinga will replace Casemiro, too right, to accompany Kroos and Modric. Finally, to support Karim Benzema’s car, Ancelotti should focus on Vinicius Jr and Valverde. Two formations that are therefore very well and that should offer a good show this Tuesday evening. Kick-off at 9pm for this gala meeting to follow live on our site with live commentary.
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