Real Madrid vs Manchester City Champions league 2023 17.05.2023

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 Etihad Stadium and will start at 15:00 EST 22:00 GMT. So as stated on the Madrid Offical twitter page cancel your plans for tonight as it will be an electrifying Semi-Final between 2 giants.

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

Szymon Marciniak, the 42 year old, has made 41 appearances at the UEFA Champions league since he first appeared in 2014/2015 he has issued 158 yellow cards, 5 double yellows, and 1 red cards in all appearance.

István Kovács has been named as the Fourth Official. Artur will be accompanied by Assistant Referees Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz. With video Assistant Referees Tomasz Kwiatkowski and Bartosz Frankowski.

Manchester City

Manchester City will want to play this smart. They will want to come out too aggressive and try to get as many goals as possible to help with the aggregate. They will remain with the same formation as previous match, I believe, they play with the same style they have played in the previous match against Madrid with more focus on converting the set-pieces and emphasis on the attacking and middle 3rds. They will be playing using the same formation as the previous match 3 – 2 – 4 – 1 Where they will have Halaand at the front waiting to pounce and increase the goal records. The question becomes, who will play Foden or Grealish, Akanji or Walker, yet more or less other than those 4 players the rest of the line up will be very similar as last match.

Starting at the front with no other than Halaand(CF), along the flanks we will have Grealish (LW), I believe Grealish will be first choice as Pep had rested him in the previous match and also he has been performing amazingly through the season hence I picked him over Foden, and Silva (RW), Gündoğan 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 (CD), through some of the news it seem Akanji maybe suffering from match fitness, hence I have picked Walker, but that could change today.

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.

will update the below when City Post it on their official Twitter site.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid at the Etihad will be a tricky match as they tied 1-1 at home, even though there is no longer an away goal advantage they would most likely not want to concede a goal, they will need to play a patient attacking football, taking their chances at the set-pieces and at the counter. they will want to be strong at the back and avoid conceding any goals and committing in unnecessary errors. none the less I believe Madrid will play a 4 -3 – 3 formation as last match against City and patient attacking style to frustrate and close down city, in particular 3 players they need to watch out for, Halaand, Gündoğan and De Bruyne. The question would be is Militão at a good standard to start today’s match, last match he missed due to the suspension. With Alaba and Rüdiger preforming well will Ancelotti change the dynamics and put in Militão?

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) Seems fit and ready, Alaba (CD), Rüdiger (unsure if Militão will be picked due to the performance of both Alaba and Rüdiger)(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.

will update the below when Madrid Post it on their official Twitter site.

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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