Real Madrid fans will not be forgetting last season’s Champions League semi-finals anytime soon. In the second leg, it had looked like Carlo Ancelotti’s side were on their way out of the competition before Rodrygo score twice, in the 90th minute and in added time, to take the game to extra-time. A spot kick from Karim Benzema decided the tie ultimately and Los Blancos went through to the final, which they won against Liverpool.
It was a tie for the ages and now, we have the chance to see a repeat. Real Madrid comfortably got past Chelsea while Manchester City got the better of Bayern Munich to set up a semi-final showdown between the two sides once again.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been dominant in English football for many years. But they have not gotten it done when it comes to the Champions League. And if they want to lift the cup with the big ears, they will have to defeat Real Madrid along the way.
Not an easy task to say the very least. When was the last time that Real Madrid lost a two-legged tie?
Guardiola makes Real Madrid claim after reaching semis
As reported by Manchester Evening News, Guardiola said:
"“I think all the clubs in the world have the feeling if you want to win this competition you have to beat Real Madrid.“It used to be Barcelona but now it’s Madrid.”"
Real Madrid have dominated the UEFA Champions League over the past decade, winning it five times. They are now chasing their sixth, and fifteenth overall. That is a remarkable run, that nobody thought was possible in modern football. Yet, here we are.
Overall, Manchester City have looked a bit weaker than last season. But they do have an ace up their sleeve in the form of Erling Haaland. If Real Madrid are to reach the final of the Champions League then they will have to find a way to stop the Norwegian. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 48 goals in 41 games in the ongoing campaign till now.