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Real Madrid team news and predicted XI vs Manchester City


Real Madrid play host to Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night, with the winner of the tie widely expected to lift the trophy in June.

The Spanish giants knocked out Pep Guardiola’s side on their way to winning the competition last season, with two injury time goals from Rodrygo at the Santiago Bernabeu taking the game to extra-time, before Karim Benzema found the back of the net from the spot to send Los Blancos through 6-5 on aggregate.

This time around, City are looking to complete a historic treble, while Carlo Ancelotti’s side are aiming to take a cup double away from the season, having lost the La Liga title to Barcelona.

Here’s how we expect Los Blancos to line up for the first leg, and all the latest team news from the Spanish capital.

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Rodrygo was the Copa Del Rey hero on Saturday night, scoring twice as his side edged out Osasuna to lift the trophy for the first time since 2014.

However, he may be the man to drop out of the side for the Champions League first leg against City, as Carlo Ancelotti reverts to his more usual asymmetric 4-3-3. It would also mean a return to the side for Luka Modric, who was a substitute over the weekend.

There are no injury concerns for Los Blancos, meaning that Ferland Mendy could return at left-back. In his absence, however, compatriot Camavinga has made the position his own and is likely to continue there against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The only forced change that Ancelotti will have to make is at the heart of defence, where Eder Militao is suspended for the tie, meaning that Antonio Rudiger is likely to be handed a rare start at the heart of the Madrid defence.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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