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Tue 16 April 2024 | 9:50

Manchester City and Real Madrid: The Battle for Survival in the Champions League

A comprehensive analysis of the teams’ strategies and keys to success in the giants’ confrontation at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City will host its Spanish counterpart Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday, in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. This match comes after the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu ended in a draw (3-3).

 

Both teams desperately need to win this confrontation in order to qualify for the golden square. The last confrontation between these two teams at the Etihad Stadium ended with a resounding victory for Manchester City with four clean goals in the semi-finals of last season.

However, there are some challenges that Manchester City faces in repeating this performance, which we will discuss in the following lines. Perhaps Manchester City is accustomed to imposing its control over the course of play and possession of the ball, but this style may leave gaps in the defense, as shown by the first leg in Madrid. The advanced pressure on Real Madrid players can open the field for dangerous counterattacks, especially with the speed of Real players in the attack.

If Guardiola continues to apply this style in the next match, he may be exposed to a great risk, so it may be wise to have a different tactical plan towards the dangerous attacks that Real Madrid can launch. On the other hand, Manchester City can have an advantage from Real Madrid not using all their offensive capabilities fully, as well as Guardiola’s ability to devise a tactical plan to reduce the danger of the royal team’s attacks.

In short, the upcoming match between Manchester City and Real Madrid is expected to be exciting and full of tactical challenges for both teams, and the tactical abilities of the coaches may determine the result of this crucial confrontation.

 


source: SportMob


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