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Real Madrid vs Manchester City preview: Ronaldo back for Los Blancos


/ by Precious Ossai

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid team will host Manchester City tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal clash. Man City's goalkeeper Joe Hart pulled off a scintillating performance in the first leg to keep the Cityzens in the tie courtesy of a 0-0 draw and Manuel Pellegrini's men will be aiming for an upset against 10-time champions Real Madrid.

Real Madrid kept their Liga title hopes alive on Sunday after Gareth Bale gave them a slim 1-0 win against Real Sociedad to put them just one point behind leaders Barcelona while Kelechi Iheanacho's brace wasn't enough to save Manchester City from a 4-2 loss against Southampton in the English Premier League.

The good news for Real Madrid is the availability of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo after the player missed Real Madrid's last 3 games including the first leg tie with a muscle injury. Zidane confirmed that their man is 100% fit for the game which served as a consolation to Real Madrid fans after it was confirmed that both Karim Benzema and Casemiro would sit out the clash.

Predicted Real Madrid Lineup: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco; Bale, Jese Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City know they will come into the game as underdogs and after missing key man Yaya Toure in the first leg, the Ivorian travelled with the squad to Madrid but is unlikely to feature. Manuel Pellegrini will have to do without Midfielder David Silva through injury which is a big blow as he is one of City's most important players. Aside from David Silva, Man City will also have to do without Zabaleta and will count on Bacary Sagna at right back. They'll need Joe Hart at his best tonight from the look of things.

Predicted Manchester City Lineup: Joe Hart; Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Otamendi, Gael Clichy; Fernadinho, Fernando; Jesus Navas, Kevin De Bruyne; Iheanacho, Aguero.

The game kicks off at 7:45pm Nigerian time.

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