Real Madrid vs Manchester City Champions league 2023 09.05.2023

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Today I want to write a pre-match prediction. The semi final UEFA Champions league match Real Madrid VS Manchester City that will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and will start at 15:00 EST 22:00 GMT

UEFA have announced that Artur Dias will referee the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Artur Dias, the 43 year old, has made 20 appearances at the UEFA Champions league since he first appeared in 2016/2017 he has issued 55 yellow cards and 2 red cards in all appearance.

Daniele Orsato has been named as the Fourth Official. Artur will be accompanied by Assistant Referees Paulo Soares and Pedro Ribeiro. With video Assistant Referees Massimiliano Irrati and Tiago Martins.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu will want to come out attacking and get a head while they have the supporters on their side for the first leg to put pressure on City in the next leg. I believe this will mean Madrid will play a 4 -3 – 3 formation and fluid attacking style similar to how they faced Chelsea.

Starting at the front with no other than Benzema (CF), along the flanks we will have Vini Junior (LW) and Rodrygo (RW).

In central midfield we will have Modric (CM), Kroos (CM) and Valverde (CM).

In the Defense we will have Camavinga (LWB), Alaba (CD), Rüdiger (probably to replace Militão since he picked a suspension with a 3rd Yellow)(CD) and Carvajal (RWB).

and finally Courtois (SK).

I believe this will be the formation and the players selected for today’s match the results should be out 45 mins before the start of the match so lets see if this holds true.

Below is the Real Madrid Official tweet related to the selection but not the line up.

Manchester City

Manchester City will want to play this smart. They do not want to come out too aggressive but also they will not want to make it easy on Madrid. I believe They will play the same style of pressure and passing as they have done against Bayern München and Arsenal. Most probably they will be playing the follow formation, 3 – 2 – 4 – 1 Where they will have Halaand at the front waiting to pounce and increase the goal records.

Starting at the front with no other than Halaand(CF), along the flanks we will have Grealish (LW) and Silva (RW), Gündoğan (I think he will play as he is essential) and De Bruyne both will be playing behind Halaand (AP)

In central midfield we will have Stones(BMB), Rodri (CM) to hold the midfield as well as Stones abilities to take and defend could play a supporting role in the defensive play giving Rodri some flexibility to be more on the attacking support role in the midfield,.

In the Defense we will have Aké (CD), Dias (CD), Walker (probably to replace Akanji I believe that Walker would be best suited here, as Stones can drop and have walker play as a “RB”)(CD)

and finally Ederson (SK).

I believe this will be the formation and the players selected for today’s match the results should be out 45 mins before the start of the match so lets see if this holds true.

Below is the Man City Official tweet related to the selection but not the line up.

Let’s how the match goes! Let me know who you support and your thoughts in the comments below!

See you in the next one!

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