Real Madrid vs Man City live score updates: start time, how to watch, line-ups and predictions

Manchester City host Real Madrid in a huge Champions League semi-final first leg. We’ll bring you team news and build-up ahead of the match, with live updates once the action gets underway.

Man City vs Real Madrid team news
There are doubts over the fitness of John Stones and Kyle Walker for Manchester City, while Joao Cancelo is suspended. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Mariano are Madrid’s absentees, with David Alaba a doubt.

Man City vs Real Madrid TV channel
The game will be shown on BT Sport in the UK, while US viewers can watch it on Paramount+. Kick-off is at 8pm BST / 3pm ET / 12pm PT.

Real Madrid name their starting XI
The Spanish side have put their line-up out typically early. No messing about.

A surprise, perhaps, to see Casemiro on the bench, with Valverde taking his place in Madrid’s midfield.

Manchester City fans: Discuss the Real Madrid game with our reporter Sam Lee
Team selection is always fun with a Pep Guardiola XI – chat about the line-up below.

‘It’s happening again’ – Real Madrid’s special relationship with the Champions League

“When a year ends without a trophy, it is a tremendous failure and people have to leave. That is what Real Madrid is. But it also gives you many things, more than any other club can. Succeeding in Real Madrid means you are succeeding on a world stage, failing at Real Madrid is also a very public failure. Everyone on the planet knows, for good or bad. That is why Real Madrid players have to be very well prepared, not just in a football sense, but mentally.”

Are Real Madrid still good?

There is something special about Real Madrid when it comes to the Champions League, but strip back the sentiment and Carlo Ancelotti’s men are not the force they once were.

Real were largely outplayed in their quarter-final second leg against Chelsea and, ultimately, it was only individual brilliance from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema that kept them in the competition.

The team have tended to excel in moments rather than dominating games for long periods. Their non-penalty expected goals (xG) across the competition has them creating chances worthy of 1.6 goals per 90 minutes — compared to the other three sides in the semi-finals, Real are creating fewer high-quality chances.

The fourth decade that Ancelotti has managed in a Champions League final
Some video this.

It’s the fifth decade in which he’s been involved in a European Cup semi-final, if you count his playing career.

Should Manchester City keep Gabriel Jesus or not?
The great mystery of a Pep Guardiola team is that we have no idea whether Gabriel Jesus – who scored four goals at the weekend against Watford – will even feature tonight.

Does he have a place next season?

The four teams left standing: Analysing Man City vs Real Madrid and Liverpool vs Villarreal
Four teams remain in the Champions League and the stakes are high as Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Villarreal try to secure their place in the final at the Stade de France on May 28.

But how do the teams match up, where are the strengths and weaknesses and who are the key players?

Mark Carey takes a look at the four teams left standing…

Cox: Why semi-finals often produce football’s most epic contests, not finals
Do you want two good semi-finals, with a poor final, or two poor semi-finals, with a great final?

“Instinctively, you want the two outstanding contenders in the final. But, when you think about it, this means (on paper, at least) one close match rather than two. And even if the final is a little unbalanced, a final is a final — there’s tension and a sense of occasion regardless of the ability of the sides.”

With a deep-dive into the 2020 Snooker World Championship, Michael Cox begins to ponder.

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