With a UEFA cloud hanging over Pep Guardiola’s side, the hosts will be keen to take advantage in the first leg
Real Madrid welcome Manchester City to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday as the two sides fight it out in the Champions League last 16.
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The game takes place in the context of a bitter argument between City and UEFA, following the Premier League club’s two-year ban from European competition.
Of course, it is also a return to a familiar battleground for Pep Guardiola, who rekindles a rivalry with Los Blancos having faced them many times during his playing and coaching career with Barcelona.
Despite ongoing issues with UEFA, Man City remain favourites to win this season’s Champions League, but they face a serious test when they take to the field in the Spanish capital.
|Game||Real Madrid vs Manchester City|
|Date||Wednesday, February 26|
|Time||8pm GMT / 3pm ET|
|Channel (U.S.)||Univision / TUDN / TNT|
|Channel (UK)||BT Sport 2|
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|U.S. online stream||UK online stream||Canada online stream|
|Univision NOW / WatchTNT / TUDN en Vivo / B/R Live||BT Sport Live||DAZN|
|Position||Real Madrid squad|
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Areola, Altube|
|Defenders||Carvajal, E. Militao, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Mendy|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco|
|Forwards||Benzema, Bale, Lucas, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.|
Zinedine Zidane has named a 19-man squad for the game against Manchester City. Gareth Bale has been included in the party, with Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Toni Kroos all set to be involved.
Eden Hazard is out of the game after his injury woes continued with a broken ankle and Marco Asensio is also unavailable.
Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Valverde, Isco, Vinicius Jr, Benzema
|Position||Manchester CIty squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ederson, Bravo, Carson|
|Defenders||Walker, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia|
|Midfielders||Foden, Sterling, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, D. Silva, B. Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez|
Guardiola confirmed a 22-man squad for the game against Real Madrid, with Raheem Sterling’s inclusion a boost for the English champions.
Leroy Sane is a long-term absentee for City, but other than that the Catalan coach has a full panel to choose from against the capital club.
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus