By Niall Clarke
- Real Madrid 0-0 Manchester City after the first leg
- Bayern Munich 0-1 Atletico Madrid after first leg
Manchester City will bid for their first Champions league final when they travel to Real Madrid on Wednesday, whilst Bayern Munich look to overturn a one goal deficit at home to Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City
It was a rather cagey and lifeless affair in Manchester with both sides unwilling to risk the sacrifice of a potentially crucial goal. City had the better of the first half but it was the visitors who created the better chances in the second, and if not for Joe Hart, could have nicked an away goal.
Traveling to the Bernabeau is a different prospect for Manuel Pellegrini’s side as we will likely witness a more attacking Real Madrid this time around. With Zinedine Zidane’s side still in the hunt in the La Liga title race, extra time would not be ideal, and with Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be back in the side, there will be more firepower up top.
The Citizens will likely play on the counter and look to exploit the space that Real Madrid leave. Sergio Aguero will be key as they look to bag an away goal.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last six whilst City were defeated 4-2 at Southampton at the weekend. The Galatico’s are in the better form and are rightfully favourites in this match, but that does not mean City should be under estimated.
The second leg will likely be open and that may work to City’s favour. An away goal will change the complexion of the tie completely, especially if they bag the first. Real Madrid are not the most defensively sound team, unlike their city rivals, and City can certainly grab an away goal or maybe two.
The question is how well can they defend against the awesome attack of the Spanish side. Ronaldo is back, and alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
There will be goals this time, but Madrid will have too much firepower for their opponent’s. City will grab an away goal but Ronaldo may prove to be the difference
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann’s goal in the first leg was enough to seal a 1-0 home victory for Atletico Madrid over Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard’s held on gallantly as usual to secure the victory despite the pressure from the visitors. It was crucial for Atletico not to concede an away goal and now they can do what they do best…. defend.
Bayern have a sensational scoring record at home, but Atletico’s defence is arguably the best in Europe. If the Spanish side can nick an away goal on the counter it could very well be tie over, but Bayern have already made an incredible comeback against Juventus.
The Bundesliga crowds are among the best in world football and can inspire any of their sides to victory. On such an occasion and goals needed, the Bayern fans will do their utmost to inspire their side, but will it be enough.
An early goal will be key for Bayern as it will open up the red and white defensive wall as 1-0 will take it to extra time. The longer the match goes scoreless, the better it is for Atletico Madrid and the better their chances of grabbing an away goal.
The second leg will likely go down much like the second half of the first leg with Bayern having all the possession and Atletico looking to hit on the counter. Bayern’s home scoring record is so good it is hard seeing them getting blanked, but Atletico could grab an away goal to make things interesting.
In the end, it could go down to away goals. If Atletico score then it is difficult seeing the German’s hitting three goals past their opponents. Two is possible, but might not be enough.
Prediction: Bayern 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Bayern vs Atletico kicks off at 19:45 BST on Tuesday. Real Madrid vs Man City kicks off at the same time on Wednesday.
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