Real Madrid: Five keys to coming back against Manchester City

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Real Madrid's captain Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos competes for the ball with Kevin De Bruyne (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

With the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester City just around the corner, Real Madrid must be up to the task if they are to progress to the quarterfinals.

Although Zinedine Zidane insisted during the press conferences that he wasn’t focusing on the game against Manchester City, he must have surely noted a lot during the final eleven games of La Liga and conjured Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C for the all-important Round of 16 clash against the British heavyweights.

City was in a mixed run of form in the final weeks of the Premier League, but ended the league on a high with an annihilation of Norwich City, scoring five goals in a game for the umpteenth time this season.

Considering their current form, and the fact that Sergio Ramos will miss the second leg due to suspension, Real Madrid will have to be more than a match for the fearsome Manchester outfit, who have their players in top form and will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a Real Madrid defense lacking its captain.

There are a few things that are imperative to a Real Madrid victory. Overturning the deficit will be an uphill task, more so with the home advantage that City have (although without the crowd factor).

Let’s dive into what Real Madrid must do in order to knock Manchester City out of the tournament.

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