Manchester City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad for a real clash of titans, as the visitors hope to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the leg.
A late comeback at the Bernabeu has put Manchester City in firm control going into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The ‘Sky Blues’ will be desperate to return the favor to Real Madrid after suffering a 1-0 aggregate elimination to the Spanish side in 2015/16 semi-finals. It’s been, indeed, City’s most successful Champions League campaign so far.
Yet, Madrid’s visit could stir some painful memories, considering Manchester City have lost all four of their previous two-legged ties against La Liga clubs.
Pep Guardiola can, however, find some comfort in the fact the ‘Citizens‘ have never blown an away first-leg lead in ten applicable attempts and successfully negotiated both of their previous last-16 ties.
What’s more, free-scoring Manchester City have netted an average of 2.93 goals in their last 16 Champions League matches, conceding a miserly average of 0.93 in the process.
Last season’s shock 5-3 defeat on aggregate to eventual semi-finalists Ajax was the first time since 2009/10 that Real Madrid failed to break into the final four!
Who better but an English rival to help Zinedine Zidane transfer Madrid’s intimidating La Liga form into their European quest. Los Blancos have won all three of their previous two-legged ties versus Premier League opponents.
Moreover, before sustaining a 3-1 loss to Tottenham in London in the 2017/18 group stage, newly-crowned La Liga champions were unbeaten in 12 consecutive trips to England (W8, D4).
Fortunately for Real, football often doesn’t follow the script, which enables Zidane’s team to hope they can improve an infamous record. In fact, Real Madrid have struggled to bounce back in five of six two-legged ties in which they lost the first leg at home.
Last but not least, Real head to north-west England on a run of seven successive away victories in the Champions League round of 16!
Fighting their way through to the quarter-finals will be quite daunting for Real Madrid, but the brave ones might see 5/1 (via Bet365) for the visitors to progress too tempting to resist.