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Champions League | Quarter-Finals | 1st Leg
Apr 9, 2024 at 8pm UK
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
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Real Madrid
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Man City

Dias (12' og.), Rodrygo (14'), Valverde (79')
Tchouameni (1'), Carvajal (81')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Silva (2'), Foden (66'), Gvardiol (71')
Akanji (37'), Silva (88')

How Manchester City could line up against Real Madrid

How Man City could line up against Real Madrid
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Manchester City could line up for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg with Real Madrid.

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has two defensive absentees to take into consideration for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The Citizens - who demolished Los Blancos 5-1 on aggregate in last year's semi-finals - were without Nathan Ake (calf) and Kyle Walker (hamstring) for the weekend's Premier League win over Crystal Palace, where Josko Gvardiol was also forced off at half time due to a niggle.

Gvardiol has been named in the squad for the trip to the Iberian Peninsula, but neither Ake nor Walker have made the cut, restricting Guardiola's options for change in the full-back areas.

With Walker sidelined, Rico Lewis - scorer of City's second at Selhurst Park - could be given the nod again on the right-hand side, where stopping Vinicius Junior will be the daunting task that awaits him.

A rare piece of good news defensively comes in the shape of Ederson's return from injury; the Brazil international was back on the bench against Crystal Palace and should now bring Stefan Ortega's short-lived run in the team to an end.

John Stones and Ruben Dias will no doubt shield Ederson on his comeback appearance, but if Gvardiol is not given the thumbs-up, Manuel Akanji can be relied upon to do a competent job at left-back.

On the back of reaching 100 goals for Man City across all competitions, the indomitable Kevin De Bruyne will pull the strings in the midfield trident with Rodri and Bernardo Silva, in line to take Julian Alvarez's spot.

The well-rested Phil Foden and Jeremy Doku should also earn recalls out wide in place of Oscar Bobb and Jack Grealish, while Erling Haaland goes in search of his seventh Champions League goal of the season to steer clear of Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann at the top of the charts.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Lewis, Stones, Dias, Akanji; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Doku, Haaland, Foden

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