Manchester City Vs Real Madrid Tactical Preview (Man City players in action against Real Madrid in the photo)
Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (C) is handed a red card by Italian referee Daniele Orsato during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 26, 2020. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester City will entertain Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Friday evening hoping to avoid a defeat so that they can seal qualification into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. Los Blancos will have to focus on securing a victory away at the north-west of England if they are to stand any chance of overcoming their 2-1 first-leg deficit.

Talking Tactics

Pep Guardiola will opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could ask his players to win the midfield battle so that they can enjoy more of the ball in the opposition half. The home team will look to outplay the Madrid side and create some decent goal-scoring chances going forward.

Zinedine Zidane will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation as well. However, the French head coach will need to be more adventurous and flexible with his tactics than usual as his players have to find out a way to earn a high scoring victory in Manchester. We can expect the Spanish giants to threaten on the counter.

Team News

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero is still out of action with a knee injury while Benjamin Mendy also misses out due to suspension after he had picked up a caution in the first leg. Guardiola might opt for the more experienced Fernandinho at centre-back ahead of Eric Garcia, who has seen a lot of football in recent weeks, but the occasion could be too big for him to start.

Manchester City Predicted XI

Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez

Manchester City Vs Real Madrid Tactical Preview (Pep Guardiola greeting Zinedine Zidane in the picture)
Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City shakes hands with Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Bernabeu on February 26, 2020, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos will be unavailable for selection following his red card in the first leg, so we can expect Zidane to bring Eder Militao back for this clash on the road. Eden Hazard could get the nod to operate on the left flank and will be desperate to put on a good show on his return to England.

Real Madrid Predicted XI

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio

Key Men

Manchester City

Raheem Sterling can be a real menace for Los Blancos if they decide to push high up the field in search of a goal. His pace could cause all sorts of problems for Dani Carvajal. In midfield, Kevin De Bruyne will once again be Man City’s chief playmaker as he tries to orchestrate some inviting openings in the final third.

Real Madrid

The defensive performance of Raphael Varane and Eder Militao might go a long way in determining the outcome of this exciting European tie. Karim Benzema will carry most of the away side’s goal-scoring workload when they travel to the Etihad on Friday.

Odds

The bookmakers have made Man City the favourites to emerge victorious tomorrow evening after they were priced at 8/11. The draw has been listed as 10/3 while the Bernabeu outfit are 16/5 underdogs to pull off an upset in Manchester.

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