Tuesday, May 16, 2023 – 3:08 PM
ABU DHABI, 16th May / WAM / After getting very close to preserving its title in the English Premier League, Manchester City is looking forward to a new step on the way towards achieving the dream of the historic treble this season when it hosts Real Madrid tomorrow, Wednesday, in the second leg of the semi-finals of the European Champions League. foot.
The two teams met in the first leg on Tuesday last week at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the stronghold of Real Madrid, and they tied together 1-1, so that this result is theoretically in favor of Manchester City before the upcoming confrontation at home at the “Al Ittihad” stadium tomorrow.
However, Manchester City seeks to arm itself with caution in the face of the defending champion, who has great experience in dealing with such difficult situations, and also has the ability to achieve surprises, which was evident during his career in the championship last season.
Manchester City will play the match tomorrow in an atmosphere of optimism after consolidating its lead in the English Premier League and its chances of preserving the local title by beating its host Everton 3-0 earlier this week and losing its only competitor, Arsenal, to its host Brighton 0-3.
Manchester City is currently at the top of the English Premier League table, 4 points ahead of Arsenal, who has only two matches left compared to 3 remaining matches for Manchester City, as the latter needs to win only one of its remaining matches to crown the local title.
Manchester City seeks to win tomorrow’s match to enhance its chances of winning the historic treble (the FA League and Cup and the European Champions League) this season; The team will also play the FA Cup final against its neighbor Manchester United in early June.
On the other hand, Real Madrid will play tomorrow’s match, after its traditional rival Barcelona officially stripped it of the La Liga title earlier this week.
Although Real Madrid won the King’s Cup this season, the team is looking forward to defending the Champions League title to compensate for the loss of the domestic league title.
The Spanish coach, Josep Guardiola, reassured Manchester City about the team’s condition during the Everton match, which witnessed a new episode in the series of brilliance of most of the team’s players, especially the young striker Erling Haaland, the Algerian players Riyad Mahrez and the German Ilkay Guendogan.
Guardiola relies a lot on the three players, and with them the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, in the face of Real Madrid, especially with the continued abolition of the legal goal rule, which makes Manchester City need to win because a negative tie is no longer enough for the team.
On the other hand, the Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, relies on the great experience of his team in such confrontations on the one hand, and on the recent rise in the level of a number of players, led by the Brazilian attacking duo Vinicius Junior and the French Karim Benzema.
The match between the two teams comes one year after the confrontation between them in the semi-finals of the tournament.
This is the fourth time that the two teams have met in the knockout stages of the championship in the last 8 seasons, 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.
Real Madrid holds the record for the number of times winning the tournament with 14 titles, and the team is looking forward to winning the 15th title, while Manchester City seeks to win 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.
Halland tops the list of Champions League scorers in the current season so far with 12 goals, and the player is looking forward to continuing his outstanding scoring record with Manchester City in the current season, hoping to win the title with the team as well as the title of top scorer in the competition 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 52 goals so far in 48 games in various tournaments in his first season with Manchester City, where he currently tops the English Premier League scorer list with 36 goals.
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