Manchester City is set to play one of the most significant games in its recent history against Real Madrid. After Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton, Manchester City has all but wrapped up the Premier League title. With the FA Cup final against Manchester United coming up, where City is expected to be heavy favourites, Real Madrid is standing in the way of a historic treble. While Inter Milan will also be formidable opponents in the final, Pep Guardiola’s team will again be the overwhelming favourite if it makes it there. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, right, duels for the ball with Manchester City’s Ruben Dias, front left, during the Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)(AP)
In the Champions League, however, Real Madrid tends to thrive in knockout competition. So much so that it sometimes feels like they have the ability to perform miracles and escape from improbable situations. Fans of both sides have recently witnessed this ability, with these two teams meeting in the Champions League semifinal last year. Man City were just minutes away from reaching another Champions League final, but Rodrygo’s injury-time brace took the tie into extra time. From that point on, Karim Benzema’s winning penalty seemed inevitable.
One crucial difference for Manchester City this time is that the second leg of this tie will be held at the Etihad Stadium. The team has been unbeaten in its last 25 home games in the Champions League (W23 D2), with Lyon in September 2018 the last away side to win at the Etihad. Real Madrid, on the other hand, has been winless in its previous four away games against Manchester City in the Champions League (D2 L2), losing each of the last two.
Manchester City comes into this semifinal second leg in fantastic form, having been unbeaten in 22 competitive matches (W18 D4) since early February. Although the league is beyond their reach and the team has already secured a Copa del Rey trophy, this game is now Real Madrid’s cup final. The team is unbeaten in its last seven knockout games in the Champions League, winning six and drawing one.
When will the Manchester City vs Real Madrid game be played in the UEFA Champions League?
The Manchester City vs Real Madrid game is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 AM IST on Thursday.
Where will the Manchester City vs Real Madrid game of the Champions League be played?
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will be the venue for the Manchester City vs Real Madrid game.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Manchester City vs Real Madrid game in India?
Sony Sports Network will broadcast all the games of the UEFA Champions League season 2022-2023 live in India.
How to watch live streaming of Manchester City vs Real Madrid in India?
Football fans can watch the live streaming of the UEFA Champions League games on SonyLIV.