The Bernabeu is all set to host the last stage before the Champions League final, as the Spanish and the English giants battle it out for their place.
Madrid may have a few worries about the threat of injuries lurking over their head. Striker Karim Benzema and midfielder Casemiro have been ruled out of the match with hamstring and hip injuries, respectively. However, their significant boost lies in the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the squad.
The problem here is that in Zidane’s gameplay, both the injured players play a pivotal role. The Frenchman has opened the scoring 14 times this season, and against a team like City, that statistic can hardly be ignored.
Casemiro’s holding midfield role allowed Modric and Kroos to venture forward with little worries about good service from behind. With him missing from the squad either Kroos or Modric will have to play that role.
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Zizou remained adamant about his playing style and believes that if the team continues to play like they did in the second half at the Etihad, they could well be the victors.
Pellegrini’s men on the other hand, have reached an unprecedented level in Europe, and their confidence could not be higher.
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However, they have injury related issues as well. Zabaleta who has torn his calf muscle and is most likely out for the season, along with Samir Nasri who still hasn’t recovered from his hamstring injury.
With Toure most definitely missing from the squad, this task does not become any easier. However, Fernando, in his absence has been in great form.
Considered as the underdogs here, City have a major hurdle to overcome. The fact that Aguero has been in sublime form, lately, will give Pellegrini more hope. Los Bloncos on the other hand, look as formidable as ever, and with the possibility of a double, they will be even more fierce.