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13-time winners face Manchester Metropolis within the first leg of the semi-final on the Etihad Stadium.

When: Tuesday, April 26
The place: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Kickoff: 19:00 GMT

Actual Madrid’s glittering historical past within the Champions League provides them a bonus after they face Manchester Metropolis within the first leg of the semi-finals, in accordance with the Spanish aspect’s coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Madrid’s 13 European triumphs make them probably the most profitable membership within the competitors whereas Metropolis solely appeared within the Champions League last for the primary time final yr, after they have been crushed 1-0 by Chelsea.

“The historical past that Actual Madrid has on this competitors means much more to us than to our rivals,” mentioned Ancelotti in a press convention on Monday.

“That historical past that has grown over time helps the gamers really feel the burden of the shirt, a weight that’s optimistic, not destructive.”

Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester Metropolis can not compete with Actual Madrid’s European pedigree however mentioned they’ll write a brand new chapter of their very own.

“If we needed to compete with historical past, we wouldn’t have an opportunity,” Guardiola mentioned at his pre-match press convention. “Their historical past speaks for itself.

“We’ve to have the need to compete in opposition to them. To play in opposition to Actual Madrid is an unbelievable take a look at. We need to strive it. We have to endure, to stay collectively, when we’ve got the ball, attempt to assault.”

Metropolis and Actual additionally met within the semi-finals in 2016 when the Spaniards received 1-0 on mixture, however Metropolis avenged that loss with a last-16 triumph in 2020.

Actual Madrid have had a troublesome path to the ultimate 4 in Europe’s premier competitors, having to return from behind to beat each Paris Saint-Germain and final yr’s winners Chelsea.

The principle issues for Metropolis heading into the sport relate to their defence. Proper-back Kyle Walker and centre-back John Stones stay uncertain after latest accidents and the opposite first-choice full-back, Joao Cancelo, is suspended.

This echoes the quarter-final of two years in the past in opposition to the identical opponents when Fernandinho performed as a makeshift centre-back.

Champions League head-to-head

Actual Madrid and Manchester Metropolis have met on six events within the Champions League with either side successful two every.

The opposite two resulted in attracts.

Stats

Actual Madrid are 13-time European champions.

The Spanish aspect are competing within the semifinals for the tenth time in 12 seasons.

Actual making a document fifteenth semifinal look.

Man Metropolis’s passing accuracy on this season’s match is nearly 91 %.

The English aspect averages 2.4 objectives per match.

Coaches nook

Ancelotti: “We’re very near taking part in one other last of an important competitors on the planet and we’re frightened as a result of we face a really robust group. There are two groups within the semi-finals that no one was anticipating to achieve it; Villarreal and Actual Madrid. We’re very joyful to be right here and to compete. What I can inform you is that Actual Madrid is all the time going to compete, we’re doing it and we’ll do it tomorrow after which subsequent week.”

Guardiola: “We’ve to have the need to compete in opposition to them. To play in opposition to Actual Madrid is an unbelievable take a look at. We need to strive it. We have to endure, to stay collectively, when we’ve got the ball, attempt to assault. We play in opposition to gamers who’ve been on this place many occasions. That’s why they’ve issues that perhaps nonetheless we don’t have. However perhaps there are issues we’ve got they don’t have, I don’t know. On the finish it’s 11 v 11. I say to the gamers ‘take pleasure in that second’. You by no means know if we might be again right here at any stage.”



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