Champions League Round Of 16 Possible Outcomes: Manchester City Vs Real Madrid
POSSIBLE OUTCOMES: MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID
Probably the match of the round, Real Madrid vs Manchester City is definitely the most unpredictable fixture among all eight games in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and that clearly manifested in the first leg as Manchester City came back from a goal down to beat their rivals from Spain 2-1 courtesy of two late goals in the space of five minutes, and doing so at the Santiago Bernabeu, home of the 13-time Champions. Now,
Real Madrid face an Herculean task in turning the tie around when they travel to Manchester on Tuesday the 17th of March as they will be without their captain and talisman Sergio Ramos after the Spanish defender saw red in the first leg. Real Madrid will have to win the tie to qualify, and also do so by scoring at least two goals as a 1-0 win will not be enough for them to progress.
A 2-1 Madrid win will send the game to extra time and possibly penalties while every other kind of win will see Madrid go through. So, Real Madrid must win but it mustn’t be 1-0. In this article, we bring three reasons while Madrid can turn the tie around, and three reasons why Manchester City will not give in to Madrid’s pressure.
WHY REAL MADRID CAN QUALIFY OVER MANCHESTER CITY
1. THEY JUST NEED A WIN
Well, that’s not exactly the case when you put it in context as a 1-0 win will not be enough to see them go through, but it’s difficult to think that Manchester City will fail to score, if they do and Real Madrid end up winning the game, then that’s advantage Real Madrid.
The away goal rule is a tricky one, despite Manchester City having two away goals, they’re still in a really fragile situation and a 3-2 loss will mean the English team will go out of the competition. So, Real Madrid just need to go with the idea to win and achieving that is highly feasible.
2. MADRID’S ELITE MENTALITY
Real Madrid have been dubbed the Champions League team by many and that comes as no surprise because they’re the only team to win the title three consecutive times. How did they achieve that? Their winning mentality.
Real Madrid have players and a coach that possess the spirit of winning and will go all out against Manchester City like they’re no subordinates. It won’t be surprising if Madrid end up dominating proceedings on that day, creating more chances and putting Manchester City on the edge of their seats.
They are bound to deliver the performance of their lives that Tuesday and this might just be enough to shock their opponents.
3. A BIT OF LUCK
When luck is a factor, it favours Real Madrid most of the time and this is due to their persistent style of play. They’ll need a lot of it at the Etihad and if they give their 100%, anything can happen.
WHY MANCHESTER CITY WILL QUALIFY
1. THEY HAVE THE ADVANTAGE
Despite the number one reason stated above in favour of Madrid winning, we can’t deny the fact that the odds favour Manchester City way more.
They’re playing at home, in front of their fans and carry a one-goal lead coupled with two away goals to their name. Based on logistics, most people’s money will be on a City win and this will most likely be the case as City are a fantastic team with a fantastic manager.
They just need a draw to progress and it will be very difficult for the lads from Madrid to really beat Guardiola’s men in their own backyard. So they already have the advantage laid down before kickoff.
2. THE CL IS CITY’S LAST HOPE
Manchester City are already champions of the EFL Cup, are in the quarter finals of the FA Cup but have lost all hopes in winning the Premier League title as that is most definitely going to Merseyside.
Now, Manchester City have their hearts set solely on the Champions League and given that they have an advantage over Madrid, they wouldn’t want to let it slip.
Real Madrid on the other hand have lost their top spot in the League to Barcelona and will be looking to secure it back as they’re just two points off the league leaders. So as it stands, Man City can rest players in their next league fixture while Real Madrid can’t afford to. This tilts the advantage pendulum towards the Citizens.
3. THE SQUAD FACTOR
Yes, Manchester City are a better team than Real Madrid and I’m saying it plainly. They have a better squad, better style of play and have a better manager and hence have a slight edge on the pitch over their opponents.
Also, Real Madrid missing Sergio Ramos is a big blow to them as they’ll be without their number one leader and defender. Also, a couple of big injuries have hit the Spanish side of late as they’re possibly going to be without the likes of Marcelo and Isco. This is a big boost for Manchester City who will most likely have Kevin De Bruyne fit for the tie.
All in all, this tie is very unpredictable and will boil down to the teams state at that moment of the fixture. 17th of March, we’ll be waiting.
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