Curiously, when Mourinho was at clubs with more spending power than the Portuguese and Italian sides, he fell short in every semi-final he reached, three with Chelsea (two of them lost to a pre-Jürgen Klopp Liverpool) and three with Real Madrid. Mourinho has eight Champions League semi-finals to his name, with two tournament victories at Porto and Inter. Pep Guardiola will match his old foe José Mourinho for the Champions League record of most appearances as a manager when Manchester City host Real Madrid at the Etihad on Tuesday night. The Portuguese provocateur currently stands alone at the top of the list of coaches with the highest number of European Cup / Champions League managerial appearances but will be matched by his old sparring partner Guardiola when City and Madrid go toe-to-toe again. Karim Benzema’s incredible goalscoring form carried Madrid on their way to the trophy and rescued them from a number of close games, and Soriano says they can consider themselves lucky. Toni Kroos now goes into the book for a foul on N’Golo Kante in a Blues breakaway.
Les Blues tenteront de relever la tête contre les Merengues. La direction du Paris Saint-Germain a un plan en tête concernant la situation du défenseur central français Presnel Kimpembe. Premier de son groupe devant l’Inter Milan, le Sheriff Tiraspol et le Shakhtar Donetsk, le Real Madrid a ensuite affronter le Paris Saint-Germain en huitième de finale. Real Madrid line up as follows at the Etihad. Hey Jude rings out at the Etihad as the home fans wave their blue and white flags. That is for those that qualify for the main event. The semi-finals of any competition is an exciting time for all concerned, but it’s a stage that comes at you as a hugely contrasting double-sided coin. As things stand, it is advantage Chelsea for the second leg. In the EFL cup final victory it came down to backup keeper Caoimhin Kelleher in an 11-10 victory over Chelsea where he took his kick from the spot better than most forwards. While the German tactician has completely turned the club’s fortunes around since taking over from Frank Lampard and are now just 90 minutes away from securing a spot in the Istanbul final, the reason for why he earned brownie points with the club’s fanbase had nothing to do with results on the pitch this time.
Under Mancini, the relatively green City pulled possibly the worst group in recent Champions League history, going up against Ajax, Madrid and eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund, who still then had Robert Lewandowski leading the line – the Poland striker famously put four past Madrid in the first leg of the semi-finals. Simeone is then orchestrating the crowd by applauding their noise. That really came out of nowhere – to be honest there wasn’t much time for it to come out of anywhere – City moved it around after the kick-off, then suddenly Mahrez appeared on the right, cut back and sent a PEACH of a ball diagonally across the Madrid defense to find De Bruyne, who met the cross perfectly with his head despite the attentions of Carvajal. Mahrez dances past three Madrid players before sending in a super cross. Mahrez is playing off the right. Real Madrid players warm up at the Etihad ahead of kick-off. The Etihad ahead of kick-off. Manchester City and FC Porto have already booked their spots in the last 16. Olympiakos faces Porto, maillot real madrid while City hosts Marseille. David Nelson has all the latest team news for you ahead of tonight’s mouthwatering clash in Manchester.
Real Madrid and Manchester City had met previously in the competition, in the 2012-13 group stage. Tuchel also complained about the amount of stoppage time added last night, saying: “I thought we deserved more minutes in the end because it felt like we had no minutes to play in the second half of the extra-time. Madrid, which badly missed the injured Karim Benzema, was unbeaten in its last eight games in the league, with six wins. Still, City were at least unbeaten at home, securing a 1-1 draw against Madrid, a 1-1 against Dortmund and a 2-2 when Ajax came to town. Tomorrow night sees another Premier League side welcome a LaLiga side, when Liverpool host Villarreal at Anfield. Madrid boast 13 European crowns and, having gone enitrely trophy-less last campaign, are desperate to add the Champions League silverware to their impending stroll to the LaLiga title. Breaking down Real Madrid is not an easy task, but Los Blancos have allowed an average of 1.47 xG in their last 10 matches. Watching Real Madrid – PSG in Highlights365 is a great choice because the audience will not have to watch annoying ads, watching highlight matches last night between Real Madrid – PSG fast, sharp.