MADRID, Sporting Alert – The starting line-ups are available and as expected, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the starting XI Real Madrid against Manchester City in tonight Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo missed the first leg battle with a thigh problem, while ended 0-0 at Etihad Stadium last week.
9 – Only Cristiano Ronaldo (16) has more goals in the Champions League this season than Robert Lewandowski (9). Lifeline.
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However, the former Manchester United forward is back to full fitness and he returns to start for the Zinedine Zidane coached Spanish giants.
Ronaldo will join Gareth Bale, Jese, who starts for Lucas Vazquez, who was disappointing in a starting role in last week’s first leg.
Vazquez drops to the bench, while Karim Benzema and Casemiro both miss out due to injury.
Isco also comes into the starting team today for the Spanish giants.
Meanwhile, influential midfielder Yaya Toure is back in time for this clash and he starts for Manchester City after missing the last two games.
The Ivory Coast international will move up to play in the hold behind Sergio Aguero in place of the injured David Silva, with Jesus Navas and the dangerous Kevin De Bruyne operating from the wings.
Raheem Sterling, Aleksandar Kolarov, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala and Kelechi Iheanacho are among the substitutes, with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi starting at the heart of the backline.
6 – Man City are currently unbeaten in six Champions League matches (W3 D3), their longest ever such run in the competition. Form.
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While all the focus of attention will be on the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, something telling me that Gareth Bale will be the man responsible for doing most of the damage for Real Madrid tonight.
It’s just a hunch, but I feel like the former Tottenham inside forward, who has been in very good form recently, including scoring 15 goals in his last 16 games, will be the man Manchester City will find difficult to contain.
The winner of tonight’s game will play against Atletico Madrid in the final later this month.
Real Madrid Team to face Man City: Navas, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Kroos, Modric, Jese, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale. Subs: Casillas, Varane, James, Kovacic, Vazquez, Danilo, Mayoral.
Manchester City Team to face Real Madrid: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, De Bruyne, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Bony, Iheanacho.