Manchester City (Man City‧England) aims to advance to the UEFA Champions League final in two years with an overwhelming home win rate.
Real Madrid (Spain) 안전놀이터believes in veterans who have won the Champions League, such as Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Karim Benzema, to challenge for two consecutive championships.
Manchester City and Real Madrid will play the second leg of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England at 4:00 am (hereinafter referred to as Korean time) on the 18th.
The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg held at Real Madrid’s home stadium on the 10th. Since the Champions League does not apply the away game multi-point rule from the 2021-22 season, the winning team in the second leg will unconditionally advance to the final and compete with Inter Milan (Italy) for the championship.
Manchester City, who lost to Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and failed to advance to the final, seeks revenge at home.
For Man City, it is nice to see the second leg at home. After losing 1-2 in the group stage against Olympique Lyonnais (France) in September 2018, Man City is undefeated in 25 consecutive matches (23 wins, 2 draws) in the Champions League held at home. They are currently on a 14-game winning streak in the Champions League.
Manchester City also beat Real Madrid 4-3 in the first leg of the semi-final at home last season. However, in the second leg away from Real Madrid, they were defeated 1-3 and advanced to the final 5-6.
In addition, Man City is in a good flow, recording 17 consecutive games undefeated (16 wins, 1 draw) at home in all recent competitions.
Man City did not use Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones in the English Premier League (EPL) match against Everton on the 14th. In addition, Elling Haaland, Rodri, Jack Grealish, and Bernardo Silva were also replaced to prepare for the match against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid use their experience to face Man City. With five five-time Champions League champions – Modric, Benzema, Kroos, Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandes – Real Madrid know how to rise to the top of Europe.
Vinicius, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga, who were key players when they won the Champions League last season, have also matured.
The leadership of coach Carlo Ancelotti, who brings them together, is also an indispensable strength. Ancelotti has won the Champions League four times and boasts the most wins among coaches.
Coach Ancelotti is not only good at motivating players, but also has a strong reputation for guiding each player to play in the best position. Coach Ancelotti challenges Man City to advance to the final for the second consecutive time with victory at home. Coach Ancelotti also saved the stamina of Modric, Kroos, Benzema, and Vinicius in the previous league match.