8/7/20 3 pm
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Manchester City is welcoming Real Madrid to Etihad Stadium in the second leg of Round of 16 in the Champions League.
Manchester City hasn’t lost any of their last 5 games in the EPL, but they did lose in the FA Cup semifinals against Arsenal. In the EPL, City ended up on the second place with 81 points, massive 102 scored goals, and 35 conceded goals, which is better than Liverpool, but City has lost huge 9 games this season in the EPL. In their last 5 games in the EPL, Manchester City has scored massive 21 goals, while conceding only 1 goal, a brilliant form just in time for this Champions League clash. Manchester City has won their group in the Champions League with 14 points, 16 scored goals, and only 4 conceded goals. Jesus and Sterling have both scored 5 goals for City in the Champions League, while Mahrez added 4 assists. Aguero, Porro, Steffen, and Sandler are all injured, and will most likely not play again this season. When it comes to dominating the possession, there is no better team than Manchester City, and their best player, Kevin De Bruyne has been playing in fantastic form this season. There are a lot of threats coming from Manchester City, but not having Aguero is a huge blow for coach Guardiola, but we have seen in the EPL that City has enough depth to replace him and to continue scoring a lot of goals.
Real Madrid has won the title in LaLiga, and they did it in a good fashion I might add, by not losing a single game since the restart, 11 games in total. Real Madrid has won 87 points, scored 70 goals, and conceded only 25 goals, the least in LaLiga this season. Benzema has been Real Madrid’s best player this season, but he has been doing it alone for most of the season, but after the restart, there have been a few players like Hazard and Modric that stepped up and helped secure the title. In the Champions League, Real Madrid ended in second place of their group with 11 points, 5 points behind PSG, which is how they ended up in this strong matchup against City. The difference between Real Madrid then and now is the defense, which is a lot, and I mean a lot better now, but the problem is that LaLiga ended a couple of weeks ago, and Real Madrid might be rested, but the competitive rhythm is gone. Rodrygo and Benzema have both scored 4 goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, while Ramos added 2 goals. Diaz is injured, while Ramos is suspended because of the red card, and that is potentially and a huge blow for coach Zidane, because Ramos is the pillar of their defense. Since LaLiga ended on July 19th, Real hasn’t played a single game, and I’m all for giving players a break, but it might be a double-edged sword.
Manchester City has beaten Real Madrid 1-2 on the road in the first leg, which means Real has to score at least 2 goals if they want to have a chance at advancing, but for Manchester City not to score a goal at home, seems impossible.