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Premier League legends back Man City to beat Real Madrid in UCL semi-finals

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Real Madrid and Manchester City are worthy semifinalists in the UEFA Champions League. While Los Blancos are the defending champions, Pep Guardiola’s are almost the world’s very best and miss only the Champions League trophy from their cabinet.

Ironically, the two teams met last year at the same stage of the competition. The men in blue took a 4-3 lead in the first leg after a chaotic game. Moreover, an early goal in the second leg extended their lead on aggregate to two goals and their victory appeared assured.

However, two goals in two minutes from Rodrygo Goes in stoppage time bridged the gap before Karim Benzema’s extra-time winner sent the Premier League side crashing.

With the two teams set to face off again, there is unsurprisingly a buzz around the fixture. Many have given their opinions and predictions on who will prevail.

Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher and Premier League legend was one such pundit who picked the English side as his best bet, saying (h/t Madrid Zone): “I think Manchester City will just go through to the final.”

Arsenal and Barcelona legend Thierry Henry was another who opened up on who he thought would progress and said (h/t Madrid Zone):

“I’m betting against Real Madrid, I am going with Manchester City, they will reach the final.”

The first leg of the semifinal will be at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 9th and the second leg will be at Etihad a week later.

With the order of the home and away ties against Pep Guardiola’s side interchanged when compared to last season, it remains to be seen if it has any impact on the final result.

Moreover, it is important to note that Los Blancos will not have the services of Eder Militao for the first leg and could well miss David Alaba too.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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