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Emirates News Agency – Tomorrow… a highly anticipated summit between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League

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ABU DHABI, 8th May / WAM / The eyes of millions of football fans will turn towards the Spanish capital, Madrid, tomorrow, Tuesday, to watch one of the strongest confrontations on the European and international arenas at the present time, as Real Madrid of Spain and Manchester City of England will meet in the first leg of the semi-finals of the European Champions League.
One year after the confrontation between them in the semi-finals of the tournament, the conflict between the two teams is renewed at the same stage in the same competition at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium.
This is the fourth time that the two teams have met the knockout stages of the tournament in the last 8 seasons of the tournament, and it is also the third time in these seasons that they have met in the semi-finals, which doubles the excitement in this confrontation, especially since the two teams are among the most likely candidates to win the title in the current season. .
Real Madrid holds the record for the number of times winning the championship with 14 titles, and the team is looking forward to winning the 15th title this season to compensate for its failure in the Spanish League championship, whose title is very close to Barcelona.
On the other hand, Manchester City is looking forward to winning its first title in the tournament, and the team realizes that overcoming the hurdle of Real Madrid, the defending champion, will bring it a huge step closer to the podium, despite the difficult confrontation that will await the winner of them in the final against Milan or Inter Milan, who will meet tomorrow, Wednesday. In a pure Italian confrontation in the semi-finals as well.
Real Madrid will play tomorrow’s match, high on the title it won two days ago in the King’s Cup, after defeating Osasuna 2-1 in the final match, to be Real Madrid’s first title in the Spanish Cup since 2014.
Real Madrid now aspires to repeat what it did in the European Championship last season when it beat Chelsea in the quarter-finals and then snatched a qualifying visa for the final at the expense of Manchester City.
The team’s victory over Manchester City in the semi-finals of last season was characterized by the element of surprise and surprise, as the first-leg match in Manchester ended with the victory of the landowner 4-3, and Manchester City advanced to its host Real Madrid with a clean goal in the 73rd minute, and the result remained the same until the Brazilian Rodrigo scored two consecutive goals. At the end of the match, this was enough to push the match into extra time, as Frenchman Karim Benzema scored Real Madrid’s third goal in extra time to crown an exceptional season with the team by winning the European title.
And in the quarter-finals of the competition this season, Real Madrid overcame Chelsea in the semi-finals by defeating it 2-0 in the first leg, with the same result back.

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Rodrigo scored both goals in the first leg before scoring the two goals in the 2-1 victory over Osasuna in the cup final at the beginning of this week, to confirm his readiness for the confrontation with Manchester City.
On the other hand, Manchester City will play tomorrow’s match in an atmosphere of confidence and success in the wake of winning the last 10 matches it played in the English Premier League, the most recent of which was the victory over Leeds United 2-1 to regain the top of the competition table, by one point against Arsenal, and Manchester City has a postponed match left.
Manchester City also well deservedly crossed the semi-finals of the Champions League, by beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in the first leg and drawing with it 1-1 in the second leg, and both matches witnessed a goal by young Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, Manchester City striker.
With this, Haaland raised his tally to 12 goals at the top of the competition’s top scorer list this season, and the player is looking forward to continuing his outstanding scoring record with Manchester City this season, hoping to win the title with the team, then the competition’s top scorer title, and perhaps break the record for the number of goals in one season in the competition, which It is acquired by the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, with 17 goals, in the 2013-2014 season.
Haaland has scored 51 goals so far in 46 games in various tournaments in his first season with Manchester City, where he currently tops the Premier League scorer list with 35 goals.
Despite Manchester City’s high attacking capabilities, which is confirmed by the team’s statistics, which did not lose in the last 20 matches it played in various competitions, and achieved victory in 17 of these matches, the team will seek to arm itself with caution in tomorrow’s match to come up with the best result that will help it to qualify for the final through The return match at home next week.

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Ahmed Al-Boutli / Ahmed Zahran