Real Madrid vs Manchester City, LIVE: Latest updates as Pep Guardiola’s side prepare for tough test at the Bernabeu in Champions League last-16
- Manchester City return to Champions League action when they visit Real Madrid
- Premier League champions face record 13-time winners in first leg encounter
- The Champions League last-16 encounter kicks off from 8pm GMT
- CITY XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Jesus
- REAL XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, F. Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Vinicius, Benzema, Isco
- LIVE: Lyon vs Juventus – follow all the action from the last-16 tie here
With their defence of the Premier League title having long since slipped out of their grasp, Manchester City will turn their attention towards the Champions League when they visit Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to win the competition and with a two-year ban pending will be desperate to win the biggest prize in European football now more than ever.
Record 13-times winners Real Madrid will though provide tough opposition in the last-16 and City will be keen to gain a positive result ahead of the return meeting at the Etihad Stadium.
Follow all the latest build up, team news and all the action as it happens from the 8pm kick-off as it happens here.
Pep Guardiola and his troops have entered the Bernabeu, all wearing the same denim outfit.
Safe to say the Madridistas are well up for this!
The Real coach has made it’s way slowly snaking through the city, as fans have flocked in their thousands to cheer their side on.
This will put fire in the bellies for sure. Expect this atmosphere to soon be carried into the stadium.
The Mancunian faithful have been living it up in the Spanish capital today, soaking up the occasion ahead of tonight’s huge match.
Zinedine Zidane’s love-hate relationship with Gareth Bale continues, as the Welshman is benched with Vinicius favoured.
Isco is handed a start in the front three, as in-form Karim Benzema leads the forward line.
Courtois; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, F. Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Vinicius, Benzema, Isco
Huge calls from Pep Guardiola, as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva start on the bench.
Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Jesus
How are you all?
Ready for some Champions League action? Of course you are.
You’re joining us from the Bernabeu, for arguably the biggest tie of the last 16 draw. The team who know the feeling of winning this trophy all too well, up against the side who crave clinching it more than anything else.
Shockwaves have been sent through the City camp since this draw was announced, after their ban from European football was announced by UEFA. Should it be upheld, this match really is make or break.
Will that affect the hearts and minds tonight? It’s fair to assume it will have some form of impact.
Team news coming up very shortly!
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