Man City are not only leading Real Madrid 2-1 and have the advantage of an away goal, but they also have a very good defensive record recently.
The Champions League is about to return and one of the most notable matches is the return leg of the eighth round between Man City and Real Madrid (2am, 8/8). Real despite winning La Liga, but they will enter the match at a disadvantage, being 1-2 after the first leg at home.
Man City has the advantage of 2 goals away from home before the return leg
The match will see a top-notch match between two top coaches, Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane. They have all proved their formidable tactical thinking, Pep continues to make Man City score Europe’s top best while Zidane’s Real wins the championship with the least conceding defense in La Liga.
Two opposing aspects will make an interesting match, but with this match alone the disadvantage is favoring Real. They rely on defense to win the domestic championship, but their attack is not really a “monster” in Europe while City can play counterattack and the space that Real’s defense leaves will be them. make the most of it to score more goals.
Real must score at least 2 goals and concede no more than 1 goal to have the opportunity to continue. This will be a difficult battle for Zidane and his students, because although Karim Benzema is in high form and beside him, Real also has many players who can score at any time, they no longer meet a Man. City of old times.
Real won La Liga with a solid European defense
Man City advanced deepest in the Champions League season 2015/16 when they reached the semi-finals and lost only 1 goal to Real Madrid, but that was when Manuel Pellegrini was in the lead. Under Guardiola, “The Citizens” did not progress past the quarter-finals and it was judged that they did not have the bravery and level necessary to win European Cup matches.
That is indeed also reasonable because in the past few seasons City has struggled against teams with a style of play that is not inferior in terms of efficiency, because their defense is always at risk of counterattack. Pep’s first season was defeated by Bernardo Silva, Mbappe and Fabinho’s Monaco, and the following season they were beaten by Liverpool’s tactics. The Tottenham case is somewhat lucky, but it also shows that City has not yet overcome the weakness of the counterattack.
But with the upcoming game City being placed in a position that is rarely seen, they have the lead and need to keep the score. Man City’s defense is not appreciated and this team is often seen as a team to compensate for the defense. Does Real still have a chance to go upstream?
Man City has a very high clean sheet rate when Laporte comes out
It is very difficult, because Man City of recent matches is not an ordinary Man City, the audience still thinks. Aymeric Laporte’s comeback has become extremely important, City played 15 games this season against Laporte in the squad, Man City conceded just four goals and kept 11 clean sheets. In the last 10 games, City kept 7 clean sheets. Laporte’s form is probably even better than Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk this year.
Meanwhile, Real does not have a key figure of the defense, captain Sergio Ramos, because of a suspension. Although Raphael Varane and Eder Militao have both been playing well recently, Ramos is more in command than both, and the results have shown that Ramos, no matter what of the two, will help Real defend more effectively than Varane. & Militao rocks together.
Real defense is not really sure when Ramos is not playing
Man City even without Sergio Aguero will still not be bored with Real, even this season they averaged 2.9 goals / game without Aguero and scored 2.5 goals / game when Aguero played. Sterling trio – Mahrez – Jesus are in 103 goals Man City scored in all competitions, not to mention Kevin De Bruyne will also be present.
City without Aguero is still the top attacker in Europe. Real without Ramos is not necessarily the best defense in the continent, but in the next game they need attack more than defense. Zidane has never been eliminated from the Champions League when he leads Real, but is afraid that the day will come for him.
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