Real Madrid line-up
Real Madrid have announced their starting line-up even earlier than usual. Here it is:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Modric, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Man City vs Real Madrid
Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Manchester City and Real Madrid clash for a place in the final.
The semi-final tie is well placed following a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium last week. Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Vinicius Jr’s first half strike to leave the result resting on tonight’s encounter. City are slight favourites as they have home advantage but Madrid have been targeting a 15th European crown for most of the season and will not be swept aside easily.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men fought back from a two-goal deficit in the stoppage time of last season’s semi-final clash with City. Rodrygo came off the bench and scored twice in two minutes to force extra-time before Karim Benzema added a third to send Los Blancos through 6-5 on aggregate.
Pep Guardiola will be well aware of that result and will have drilled his side to death in the hopes of avoiding a similar fate tonight. Can City best the European champions and reach the final?
Kick off is at 8pm and we’ll have all the team news, build-up and updates throughout the night.
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