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Man City have advantage over Real Madrid ahead of UCL semi-final: Arsene Wenger



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Following their 4-1 aggregate win over Bayern Munich last night, Manchester City have booked their place in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

The English champions are set to take on defending champions Real Madrid in the semifinals, with Pep Guardiola facing immense pressure to deliver his first UCL title in well over a decade. The same can be said for Carlo Ancelotti as well, though the pressure was relieved after wins against Chelsea and Barcelona.

Nevertheless, shortly after Man City’s victory over Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger has opined on the upcoming semifinal tie, suggesting that the English giants may have an advantage heading into the contest.

The former Arsenal manager hailed Man City for the defensive stability but admitted Real Madrid have what it takes to beat any team on the European stage.

“At this time City have a small advantage due to their defensive stability. Perhaps Real Madrid is a little more vulnerable, but Madrid is Madrid, they score against anyone at any time and that’s why this tie is very open,” said Wenger (h/t Manchester Evening News).

Man City have indeed appeared quite strong defensively in the Champions League this season. In the ten matches they have played so far, they have conceded only four goals, one of which came against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the quarterfinal.

Depleted by several injuries to key players including David Alaba, Real Madrid, in contrast, have conceded eight goals in ten matches. But in the knockout rounds so far, they have conceded only twice, none of which came against Chelsea in the quarterfinals.

However, with Alaba potentially facing another spell on the sidelines, coupled with Eder Militao’s suspension in the first leg, the odds do not favour the defending champions, as they take on Manchester City on May 9.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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