Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti announced the official line-up for the match against Manchester City, which will be held at nine o’clock this evening, Wednesday, at the “Santiago Bernabeu”, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League for the current season 2021-2022.
And the presence of the French international Karim Benzema, the top scorer of the Champions League, at the head of the official formation of the Real Madrid team, through which he will lead the Real Madrid attack.
The Real Madrid line-up was as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Courtois
- Defense Line: Mendy, Nacho, Militao, Carvajal.
- Midfield: Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro.
- Forwards: Vinicius, Benzema, Valverde.
The first leg match between Real Madrid against Manchester City, which was held last week at Al-Ittihad Stadium, ended 4-3 in a crazy meeting that brought the two teams together, with the Champions League semi-final first leg.
Real Madrid, who won the La Liga title last Saturday evening, after beating Espanyol in winning the match and qualifying for the final match, based on the technical and moral condition of its players during the recent period.
Italian Carlo Ancelotti relies on his French striker Karim Benzema, the top scorer in the Champions League with 14 goals to reach the Manchester City goal.
On the other hand, the Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, the coach of the Manchester City team, reached the final of the Champions League, relying on superiority in the first leg by a goal difference.
Guardiola mobilized all his stars for the Champions League, where he was able to continue his brilliance in the English Premier League by finally winning 4-0 at the expense of Leeds United.
Historically, Manchester City faced Real Madrid in the Champions League in 7 matches, with the two teams winning three games each, and a draw in one match.
In 2012, in the Champions League group stage, the two teams met for the first time, and then Real Madrid decided the match in his favor, with a score of 3-2, after which the two teams tied positively in the return match with a goal for each team.
Manchester City met Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2016 season, and the first leg ended in a goalless draw, Real Madrid succeeded in the return meeting in eliminating Manchester City after winning it with a clear goal.
Manchester City’s confrontations with Real Madrid were renewed, when they played in the round of 16, and City achieved a surprise by winning the match with two goals against a goal, and scored for Real Madrid at the time Isco, while De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus scored the goals of the City.
In the return match, Al-Ittihad Stadium witnessed the defeat of Real Madrid again, as the result of the first leg was repeated, to qualify for the quarter-finals at the expense of Real. City’s goals came with the feet of Jesus and Sterling, while Benzema scored Real’s only goal.
The last meeting was when they met in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League, which ended in favor of City during the current season 2021-2022.