Guardiola: ‘We have Haaland” as UCL semi-final versus Real Madrid looms
Real Madrid host the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City as they continue to chase another European trophy.
Having lost the La Liga title to Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are targeting European glory to ensure their season ends on a high but they will face tough competition against Manchester City. Los Blancos have already progressed beyond two English clubs in the knockout rounds, beating Liverpool and Chelsea, and are looking to claim a third Premier League scalp on their way to the final.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are in outstanding form and desperately covet the continental crown that has so far eluded them. Pep Guardiola’s men are still on the hunt for a potential treble (Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup) this season. To get to the Istanbul final, though, they will have to get past the defending champions, with Carlo Ancelotti’s serial winners back in the last four and likely to provide a stern test.
Follow all the action as Real Madrid host Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals:
Pep Guardiola able to stare down his managerial nemesis as soon as once more
As Pep Guardiola sat down to start engaged on the “Johan Cruyff box” that has solely additional launched Erling Haaland in the previous few weeks, one of many Catalan’s predominant considerations was the equation of marrying the Norwegian’s motion with sustaining management within the Champions League. They don’t all the time appear to suit.
Even although he’s now blessed with one of the best goalscorer on the planet, “maintaining control in the Champions League’’ governs Guardiola’s thinking in almost everything, and has done for the last few seasons. The Catalan wouldn’t publicly admit that, of course, since he feels it feeds into an unhelpful public narrative about his “obsession” with the competitors.
That is exactly how senior figures at Manchester City have privately described it, although, and a few really feel it goes even additional. They don’t simply assume Guardiola needs a 3rd Champions League. They consider he needs the report for essentially the most in historical past, as ought to befit somebody seen as maybe the best coach of all time. There can be how a lot emotional vitality he has put in, too. You solely have to observe the footage of him theatrically crumpling to the bottom as Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior tears down the wing after one minor slip in final season’s semi-final.
Mike Jones9 May 2023 18:13
Real Madrid’s beginning XI
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Modric, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Mike Jones9 May 2023 18:11
Real Madrid vs Man City
No hype wanted. Who will triumph on this conflict of European heavyweights?
Mike Jones9 May 2023 18:08
What is the early workforce information?
Real Madrid are coping with a few defensive points, with Eder Militao suspended for this fixture and Ferland Mendy nonetheless battling a calf damage. Luka Modric ought to, nonetheless, be match to start out after overcoming his hamstring problem to characteristic within the Copa del Rey win on Sunday.
Kevin De Bruyne returned to the beginning Manchester City facet in opposition to Leeds in a well timed increase for Pep Guardiola, although Nathan Ake’s second half substitution throughout that encounter is trigger for concern. The Dutch defender’s hamstring damage may rule him out.
Mike Jones9 May 2023 18:05
How to observe Real Madrid vs Man City
Real Madrid vs Manchester City is because of kick off at 8pm BST on Tuesday ninth May on the Bernabeu in Madrid.
Viewers within the United Kingdom can watch the primary leg reside on BT Sport 1, with protection on the channel from 7pm BST. Subscribers can stream the sport through the BT Sport app or on-line participant
Mike Jones9 May 2023 18:00
Real Madrid vs Man City
Good night and welcome to The Independent’s protection of tonight’s Champions League motion. Real Madrid host Manchester City within the first leg of this blockbuster semi-final.
The winner of this tie would be the favourites to elevate the trophy on the finish of the season so there’s a lot to play for over these two legs. Real Madrid are hoping to regain the title they gained final 12 months and a fifteenth European title will turnaround a season of underformance from Carlo Ancelotti’s males.
Manchester City are hoping to elevate the Champions League trophy for the primary time. Pep Guardiola has made it his mission to win Europe’s prime competitors since he arrived on the Etihad however hasn’t been capable of recover from the road. City are in thunderous type although and can show difficult to beat for Los Blancos.
This is about to be an entertaining and effectively balanced encounter however who will come out on prime?
We’ll have all of the build-up, workforce information and updates all through the evening so persist with us.
Mike Jones9 May 2023 16:22