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UEFA Champions League 23/24 Quarter-Final:Real Madrid vs Manchester City Preview & Lineups

 

Champions League Clash of Titans: Real Madrid vs Manchester City Preview & Lineups

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals kick off today with a mouthwatering encounter between two European giants – Real Madrid and Manchester City. The Santiago Bernabéu braces itself for a tactical battle between Carlo Ancelotti's resilient Los Blancos and Pep Guardiola's attacking juggernaut.

Real Madrid: Home Advantage and Unbeaten Run

Real Madrid boasts a formidable record in Champions League quarterfinals, winning their last 11 encounters since 2003-04. Currently enjoying a 26-match unbeaten home streak and a 13-game unbeaten run across all competitions, Ancelotti's men are in top form. Their attacking prowess is undeniable, with Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo in scintillating form. The return of Eden Hazard offers further attacking depth. Defensively, they'll look to be solid despite the absence of key players like Alaba and Courtois.

Predicted Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3):

  • Lunin (GK)
  • Carvajal (RB)
  • Rüdiger (CB)
  • Nacho (CB)
  • Mendy (LB)
  • Valverde (CM)
  • Tchouaméni (CM)
  • Kroos (CM)
  • Bellingham (AM)
  • Vinicius Jr. (LW)
  • Rodrygo (RW)

Manchester City: Record-Breaking Attack and European Ambitions

Manchester City are the reigning champions and possess a near-unstoppable attacking force. They boast the second-longest Champions League winning streak at 10 games and haven't lost a single match in the competition since their 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu last year. Erling Haaland remains a goal machine, ably supported by the creativity of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden. Their defense, however, can be shaky at times.

Predicted Manchester City Lineup (4-3-3):

  • Ederson (GK)
  • Lewis (LB)
  • Stones (CB)
  • Dias (CB)
  • Akanji (RB)
  • Rodri (DM)
  • De Bruyne (CM)
  • Silva (CM)
  • Foden (LW)
  • Haaland (ST)
  • Doku (RW)

A Match of Firepower and Tactics

This clash promises to be a thrilling encounter. Real Madrid will look to leverage their home advantage and unbeaten run, while City will aim to dominate possession and unleash their attacking firepower. Expect a tight tactical battle with moments of individual brilliance potentially deciding the outcome.

The tie remains wide open, with a draw a possible outcome considering both teams' strengths. The second leg at the Etihad will be crucial in determining who progresses to the semi-finals.

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