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Man City have missed a Champions League benefit for Real Madrid tie

Manchester City is preparing for their Champions League game with Real Madrid at the Etihad on Friday. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Manchester City has plenty going for them ahead of the second leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid. Not only do they hold an actual advantage – leading 2-1 which means any draw or a 1-0 loss will still take them through. Manchester City is in excellent form.

In six games at the Etihad since football restarted, they have six wins with five clean sheets and an average of four goals scored per game. Recent history would back them as well. They have progressed in all seven Champions League matches where they have won the first leg away from home.

Man City have missed a Champions League benefit for Real Madrid tie
Man City have missed a Champions League benefit for Real Madrid tie

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Real Madrid has a poorer record of coming back after losing the first leg. Zinedine Zidane has overseen just two wins from six games with English teams in the competition. In Pep Guardiola, they not only have one of the best coaches in the game but also one with more knowledge of. They have more motivation for beating Real than pretty much anyone else.

But if all that goes in City’s favour, they have lost the advantage that they were expected to have. However much luck is needed to win the Champions League, a trophyless league campaign certainly helps. The last time Real Madrid won the tournament they finished 17 points. They are two positions behind Barcelona in La Liga.

It is easy to conceive that the Blues could have gone all the way last season. They had not prioritised Crystal Palace in the league above the first leg of their quarter-final with Tottenham. Normally disappointment in the league – not something Guardiola is used to – would increase a team’s chances in the Champions League.

Real Madrid has a poorer record of coming back after losing the first leg
Real Madrid has a poorer record of coming back after losing the first leg

They would be free to focus their attention – as City were primed to do this season. This has been the most extraordinary of years. A consequence of football restarting was the decision that the leagues would not run concurrently with European competitions.

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Instead of facing a Madrid side that was in the middle of a title race, both teams will have had at least a fortnight without a game to prepare. Not only does Zidane’s side not have to deal with simultaneous challenges but they are also on a high from winning their league. Something that looked pretty unlikely around the time of the first leg.

The city will still have plenty in their favour on Friday – the scoreline at kick-off being, again, a pretty big deal – but what was expected to be one of their comparative strengths has been wiped out.

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Champions League – Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid but Man City striker on course for a return

Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid

A few weeks ago, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero would miss Man City’s Champions League match against Real Madrid. City leads Los Blancos 2-1 in their last-16 tie. The principal leg was played in Spain. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Real Madrid is scheduled to play City at the Etihad Stadium on August 7. Aguero is now recovering from knee surgery following an injury sustained in a 5-0 win at Burnley in June.

Champions League Final Tickets - Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid but Man City striker on course for a return
Champions League – Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid but Man City striker on course for a return

Man City striker on course for Champions League return

On Thursday, the Times has an update on Aguero’s road to recovery following his operation. In good news for Man City, reporter Paul Hirst has revealed that Aguero is ahead of schedule on his comeback program. The Times understands that the operation went better than expected.

Dr. Cugat had the option to amend the harm caused to the meniscus in Aguero’s left knee, which he wound in a test with Ben Mee, the Burnley safeguard. In practice, the Times reveals that Aguero is now working three times a day in the gym to build up his fitness for the tail end of the season.

Specifically, readers are told that Aguero has begun working on an exercise bike, while the Argentine is expected to start running drills shortly. Aguero’s aim seems clear: be fit for the Champions League quarterfinals.

Champions League Final Tickets - Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid but Man City striker on course for a return
Champions League – Sergio Aguero out vs Real Madrid but Man City striker on course for a return

What about Real Madrid’s preparations for Man City?

While Aguero is targeting a return in the Champions League quarterfinals, will City get there? Real Madrid will be aiming to overturn their 2-1 deficit at the Etihad Stadium. It’s also worth noting that manager Zinedine Zidane has never lost a 2-legged knockout tie in the Champions League.

Real Madrid’s squad is now on a short break following the end of the La Liga campaign. Real won the title ahead of Barcelona. Yet, not all of Real’s players are now on vacation.

As confirmed by Marca, Eden Hazard, who struggled with injuries this season, is currently enduring a “mini pre-season” to be fit for the Man City clash. Also, Eder Militao is gearing up for the Man City game. Militao is set to start in Manchester as Sergio Ramos is out of the game through suspension.

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Champions League – Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

The last 16 ties were being considered for a change to Portugal yet new limitations have tossed Uefa plans into disarray. Uefa’s proposal to stage the second leg of Manchester City’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid in Lisbon has been thrown into doubt.

Changes to the UK’s Covid-19 rules on travellers arriving here from abroad have removed one obstacle to the second leg being held in Manchester and created difficulty in holding it in Portugal. And the new changes could also put City at a distinct disadvantage in the next Premier League season if they reach the final of the competition.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

Uefa have already decided to stage the competition from the quarter-finals onwards entirely in Portugal, in a World Cup-style format tournament. And they were leaning towards also playing the four outstanding last 16 ties due to be played on August 7 and 8 – in Portugal.

That would have meant that City, who leads 2-1 from the first leg at the Bernabeu, would lose home advantage for the return, but could, bizarrely, still be eliminated on the away goals rule even though Lisbon is 1,100 miles closer to their home stadium than it is to Manchester.

The rationale in that proposal was that, at the time, the UK was insisting that all travellers from overseas would have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival – which would mean playing the match would not be possible.

They also considered the fact that playing all of the games in one country would mean that teams would avoid flying all over Europe, which isn’t a great idea during a pandemic.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

But the first of those two reasons have been removed by the lifting of restrictions on travellers from Spain, which means Real would be able to come to Manchester, play the game and return home the following day, as normal.

The change in restrictions also means that anyone travelling to Portugal has to self-isolate for 14 days on returning to this country.

So if City goes to Lisbon for the second leg, on August 7 or 8, flying back to Manchester the next day would make them unable to return to Portugal for the rest of the tournament, if they get through to the quarter-finals.

That means, if they beat real over two legs, they would have to stay in Portugal for a week until the tournament gets underway. Manager Pep Guardiola would prefer to play the game in Manchester, but the idea of a week of training and acclimatisation in Portugal if City progress would not be unappealing.

Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules
Man City vs Real Madrid venue plan in serious doubt after the change of UK travel rules

But the problem is then postponed, as City would still be forced to self-isolate after returning to Manchester. If they reached the Champions League final, on August 23, and flew home the next day, they would have to self-isolate in Manchester for a fortnight.

That would take them to within five days of the start of the new Premier League season on September 12. The city could rightly argue that such arrangements would put them at a real disadvantage, as they would be unable to train together until days before the new campaign.

Uefa have delayed the decision on venues for the remaining last 16 games until the effects of the pandemic, and the various rules in European countries, became clearer.

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