Real Madrid were hoping for a nice opponent. However, they have been punished for finishing second in their group. It is great for the neutral spectator though. All eyes will be on this Champions League tie.
‘Los Blancos’ have been getting better as this Champions League goals along. The 3-0 defeat in Paris and the 2-2 draw against the hard working Brugge outfit set alarm bells ringing among Zinedine Zidane’s outfit. Real Madrid have never been knocked outof the Champions League in the group phase.
The matches against Galatsaray reactivated Real Madrid, who linked their improvement in Europe with an upward in the league. A 0-1 win in Istanbul and 6-0 win v Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a show from Rodrygo, gave calm to Real Madrid.
Against PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid pulled off one of their better matches with regards to play and chances produced, but Zidane’s side were pegged back from 2-0 up as Mbappe and Sarabia levelled things up.
In Belgium, Real Madrid put an end to the group stage with a 1-3 win against Brugge. Their bad start, however, punished Zidane’s side, who could have faced Juventus, Liverpool or Bayern as well as City.
Man City, on the other hand, had no problem in finishing first in the group against Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk. Pep’s men achieved 14 points from 18. In the Premier League, the ‘Sky Blues’, the defending English champions, are 14 points off Liverpool, so Europe is their priority.
In past meeting between the two sides, the Spaniards have never lost (two wins and two draws).
The first leg will be played on 26th February in Madrid while the second leg is on 17th March in Manchester.