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Real Madrid have already decided starting line-up for Manchester City clash – report



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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has already decided on his playing XI that would take the field against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie.

It is said that the Italian will revert to his usual 4-3-1-2 setup and the only change will be the inclusion of Nacho, who will replace the suspended Aurelien Tchouameni. 

The rest of the defence will consist of Ferland Mendy, Antonio Rudiger and Dani Carvajal. The midfield, on the other hand, will feature Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camaving and Federico Valverde.

Starboy Jude Bellingham will return to his advanced role after having played in a deeper position in the first leg while the likes of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo will continue to lead the charge.

A game with a lot at stakes

Real Madrid continues to rely on their rich history to secure a crucial victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Historically, the Los Blancos have struggled on this ground, failing to secure a win in their past five visits. 

Real Madrid’s playing XI vs Manchester City.

Their record includes two draws and three losses, the most recent defeat being in the semi-finals of the previous edition, where they suffered a resounding 4-0 loss after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

On the other hand, Real Madrid are not supported by the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side has turned the Etihad into a formidable stronghold, with their last Champions League defeat at the venue dating back to September 2018, when they were defeated by Lyon during the group stage.

Pep is Madrid’s nightmare

Ever since Guardiola joined Manchester City, he has faced off against Real Madrid a total of seven times and this Wednesday marks the eighth encounter between them. 

So far, the tally stands at four wins for Guardiola’s side, two draws, and just one defeat. Across these matches, they have netted 17 goals while conceding 12.

In those head-to-head battles, Guardiola’s team managed to knock out Real Madrid twice: once in the round of 16 during the 2019/20 season, and again in the semifinals of the 2022/23 season. 

However, in the semifinals of the 2021/22 season, it was Real Madrid who emerged victorious. Now, as they face each other again this Wednesday, the outcome of this fourth-round clash is eagerly awaited.



  1. Hala_Madrid

    April 16, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    All will be fine as long as Madrid don’t play scared and allow Manchester City to dictate that game. Madrid should be the aggressors and strike fear into Manchester City’s heart. Madrid should not make it easy for them. This is how Manchester wins, teams tend to play scared and allow them to take control of the game by giving them a whole lot of space to attack. Madrid have the personnel to strike fear.

  2. Hala_Madrid

    April 16, 2024 at 1:31 pm

    Madrid should go all out. Brahim and Guler should get minutes to unlock Manchester’s defense and Madrid take shots on goal whenever there’s an opening inside and outside the box.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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