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Manchester City are set to renew their rivalry with Real Madrid when the two teams square off in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Man City come into this fixture high in confidence after cursing to a comfortable 5-1 victory over struggling side Watford in the Premier League thanks to a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus and a goal from Rodri.


The win saw Man City remain at the top of the league standings with 80 points from 33 matches, one behind ahead of closest rivals Liverpool in second place on the log.


Real Madrid will enter the last four matches on a win after they managed to secure a 3-1 victory over Osasuna in their La Liga match played at the El Sadar Stadium after David Alaba, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez cancelled out Ante Budimir’s 12th-minute equaliser in Pamplona.

The victory meant that Los Blancos further stretched their lead at the summit of the league table to 15 points over second and third place Barcelona and Sevilla, who are both on 63 points each after 33 matches.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says: “They are the Champions League kings, I’m looking forward to it.

“It is the third Champions League semifinal in our history and the second in a row, but if we play like we did in the second half against Atletico, forget it. We won’t have anything to do against Real.”

In head-to-head stats between the two teams, Man City has been the dominant of the two sides in the last five matches, having claimed three consecutive victories over the Spanish giants in the last three games, while one game has ended in a goalless draw, Real have only won once in five matches against City in the Champions League.

Guardiola will be without two players for the tie as Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy are both serving a match suspension, while John Stones and Kyle Walker are doubtful for the encounter.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti is expected to have six players on the sidelines through injury, including Mariano Díaz, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, and Jesús Vallejo, while it remains unclear as to whether or not Casemiro will be fit for the match.

Kevin De Bruyne will be relishing the chance to put his side one step closer to booking their place in the final for the second year straight after scoring the only goal in the two-legged quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid.

Although Vinícius Júnior has not scored in his last seven Champions League appearances, he has still managed to play a crucial role leading up to this point, having assisted three goals in his last three games against PSG and Chelsea.

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