If Manchester City thought their game against Atletico Madrid was physical and tough, then they might want to prepare themselves for the encounter that they have against one of the biggest rivals of the Spanish side.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola knows almost everything there is to know about Real Madrid after spending a number of years during his entire football career going up against them with FC Barcelona, however one of his biggest arch-nemeses now stands in the way of his Manchester City side reaching the UEFA Champions League Final for the second year in a row.
As we know, things did not end the way the Citizens had wanted last season in Porto after they were beaten by Chelsea, and it seems they could be up against another English rival in Liverpool if both teams were to qualify. Strangely enough, this season’s competition has seen two Premier League sides going up against two La Liga sides for a place in the Final.
However, it would appear there are some that are confident that the current English champions will be heading into the second leg with a positive result.
According to Betway Sportsbook, Manchester City have been priced as 1/2 favourites to come away from the Etihad Stadium with a victory on Tuesday night when the two sides clash.
Naturally, this is an attractive price for bettors who are perhaps interested in this game, whilst the extremely incentivising bonuses and special promotions continually available via the operator, including the boosts, will certainly make these odds all the more appealing!
Of course, you can understand why Man City will have been made favourites to overcome Real Madrid, especially as the Citizens are in solid form as they continue to go head-to-toe with Liverpool for the domestic title.
Guardiola’s side also managed to defeat Los Rojiblancos in the quarter-final stage of this year’s UCL competition, therefore they may feel confident that they can go up against a Spanish side and handle themselves.
They will have also witnessed what Chelsea had managed to do in the previous round against Los Blancos, which may have provided them with some confidence.
Despite some of the goals scored by Carlo Ancelotti’s side, there would be some that would argue that the Blues had actually made it easy for the La Liga leaders because of the mistakes that they made.
Nonetheless, with Real Madrid so far out in front at the top of the table, they may have spent time focusing on the clash with City this Tuesday.