Man City v Real Madrid: What lies in store for next week’s second leg?

City will take a one-goal advantage to the Spanish capital.

By Press Association Published: 27 April 2022 - 12.46pm

Manchester City claimed the initiative in their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a 4-3 victory in the first leg on Tuesday.

But after such a compelling and open contest, the tie is far from over.

Here, the PA news agency looks at how City stand ahead of next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu.

What happened in Manchester?

Pep Guardiola’s side were exhilarating in attack and carved out plenty of chances aside from the four they scored. They could even have put the tie out of sight in the opening half-hour, such was their early dominance.

Will City regret only having a one-goal lead?
They could. The Premier League leaders will undoubtedly take encouragement from the ease with which they cut through Real at times and in that sense they have nothing to fear at the Bernabeu. But the atmosphere will be hostile and their defensive weaknesses will have given Real hope, particularly with the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior looking deadly.

How much did they miss Joao Cancelo?

Cancelo missed the first leg through suspension
Cancelo missed the first leg through suspension (Mike Egerton/PA)

Will he be back next week?
With his excellent delivery and potency in attack, Cancelo will almost certainly return to give City extra options on either the right or left – depending on Walker’s fitness – next week.

How is Walker?

Walker has an ankle injury
Walker has an ankle injury (Nick Potts/PA)

What lies ahead for both teams this weekend?
While Real are on the brink of claiming the Spanish title, and therefore could rest a number of key players without fear against Espanyol this weekend, for City things are not as straightforward. With just a point between them and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, they have little margin for error as they travel to Leeds on Saturday.

Will City rotate their team at Elland Road?

Record signing Jack Grealish could come back into the side to face Leeds
Record signing Jack Grealish could come back into the side to face Leeds (Martin Rickett/PA)

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