On Tuesday the 26th of April, Manchester City will be making history by playing their first ever Champions League semi-final and the big question is, can they go all the way?
Manchester City, other than this competition, have had quite a poor season. They’re only 4th in the premier league table and have got a lot of pressure to keep their Champions League spot.
City’s poor form during the season has been mostly due to very inconsistent performances and the fact that they haven’t beat any of the top 6 teams this season. Injuries have been a huge blow for City’s poor season, the biggest injury being their Captain Vincent Kompany who has been in and out of the team this year due to several injuries. Also, injuries to new signing Kevin De Bruyne has affectedÂ City gravely, given how well he’s done in his first season at the club.'Injuries have been a huge blow for City's poor season, the biggest being Captain Vincent Kompany'Click To Tweet
However, the Champions League has been where they’ve excelled this season: topping their group,Â beating Dianomo Kiev in the last 16, and recently the quarter-final against PSG.
In my opinion, Manchesyer City stand a real good chance of qualifying against Madrid. This is due to Madrid also having a poor season. They have also done poor in their league ( La Liga) only being third. They’ve also haven’t performed their best in the Champions League, recently scraping through the round against Wolfsburg.
I can see both games having a lot of goals in each. This is due to both sides having very skilled attacking players and both having poor defences. The game will also come down to key players playing well. Such as for City, their clinical striker Sergio Aguero, who has scored 23 goals in only 28 league appearances. Also, Kevin De Bruyne, who has had a fantastic first season for the club. Other players who haven’t had the best of seasons for City are David Silva, and Raheem Sterling.
Madrid also have some brilliant players who can decide the game, such as Gareth Bale, who scored 2 at the weekend to inspire Madrid to a 3-2 win. Real Madrid also have arguably the best player on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo.
Whatever happens, I can see the semi-final being a classic. If I had to pick a team to qualify, I’d have to say Manchester City on the away goal rule.
1st leg: Manchester City 2-1 Real Â Madrid.
2nd leg: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City.