The two clubs will renew their European rivalry in a repeat of last season's semi-final clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Santiago Bernabeu will host a highly-anticipated Champions League semifinal first-leg encounter between Real Madrid and Manchester City. This match marks a rematch of last year's semifinal, where Los Blancos staged a remarkable comeback to triumph over City and ultimately lifted their 14th Champions League trophy.

Madrid currently sits in third place in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by a considerable margin of 14 points. Nevertheless, they will seek a favorable result tonight as they aim to clinch their 15th Champions League title. The Spanish side has progressed to the semifinals in five of the last six seasons, only falling short in 2020-21 to eventual winners Chelsea.

Carlo Ancelotti's team enters the match buoyed by their recent victory in the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna. The omen is well in their favour, as they have a track record of beating English teams, having ousted Liverpool and Chelsea this season, and Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City last year en route to their Champions League triumph. The La Liga giants have won five consecutive Champions League matches, keeping clean sheets in each of their last three, and have scored in 16 consecutive European games since their defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in February 2022.

Meanwhile, Manchester City is in exceptional form, with the potential to become only the second English team to win the treble of the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League after their arch-rivals Manchester United in 1999. City have won 17 of their last 20 matches in all competitions and enters the match on the back of a 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

The Citizens aware of Madrid's threat, having lost to them in last year's semifinals. Although they have only drawn once in their last 16 games, a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Germany, they is undefeated in their last 20 matches and have won each of their previous five games.

But the grim reaper could be lurking as Pep Guardiola, who is already par with Jose Mourinho as the only managers to have lost six Champions League semifinals, is at risk of setting an unwanted record of seven eliminations. Last year, Madrid ousted his team in a seven-goal thriller, winning 4-3 at the Etihad before prevailing 3-1 after extra time at the Bernabeu. This year's encounter promises to be an equally thrilling contest.

Overall, the upcoming encounter is expected to be a fiercely contested encounter between two exceptional teams, with both sides possessing an array of world-class talent. Fans and neutrals alike should be in for a treat, as the two sides look to take an advantage into the second leg in Manchester in a week's time.

Form guide: Real Madrid vs Man City

  • Real Madrid Champions League form: 4W 0D 1L

  • Man City Champions League form: 3W 2D 0L

Key stats: Real Madrid vs Man City

  • Real Madrid and Manchester City have faced each other ten times, with four wins each.

  • Man City have won three out of their last four matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League. However, they lost their last match against Real Madrid 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.

  • Man City secured a 2-1 victory against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu in 2020, becoming the first English team to win there on multiple occasions.

  • Pep Guardiola lost only twice in his first 15 matches against Real Madrid but has lost three out of his last six games against them.

  • Real Madrid have kept clean sheets in their last three Champions League matches.

Team news: Real Madrid vs Man City

Real Madrid will be missing Eder Militao in the first leg due to a suspension caused by three yellow cards in the Champions League. Ferland Mendy remains unavailable due to injury. On a positive note, Luka Modric is expected to start the match for Real Madrid. The Croatian midfielder has recovered from a hamstring concern and made a substitute appearance in the Copa del Rey final.

Manchester City is also facing defensive concerns as Nathan Ake has been ruled out of the first leg due to an apparent hamstring issue. Cole Palmer's ankle is also troubling him, but he has been named in the travelling squad.

Broadcast information: Real Madrid vs Man City


Match details, result and original broadcast info

Real Madrid 1 - 1 Manchester City

May 9, 2023 3:00pmEstadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)

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