Manchester City play the second leg of their 2019-20 Champions League Round of 16 tie against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
The English Premier League side lead 2-1 from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium all the way back in February, thanks to late goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
City dominated the game and victory was the least they deserved. However, Real Madrid have been a whole new beast since the restart. Zinedine Zidane’s side won their first 10 La Liga matches after the restart to wrap up the Spanish La Liga title for only the second time since 2012. During this run, Zidane’s side conceded just four goals, scoring 19. They will need to score at least twice at the Etihad Stadium.
Many pundits and fans alike still expect Manchester City to progress from this tie and into the quarter-finals from where the remainder of the tournament will be completed in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
Provided City progress, their quarter-final will be against either Lyon or Juventus on Saturday 15 August. The second leg of that Round of 16 tie takes place the same tie as Manchester City-Real Madrid, with the French side leading 1-0 from the first leg.
However, tomorrow’s match will be only Lyon’s second competitive outing since the French Ligue 1 was suspended all the way back in March. They were beaten in the French League Cup final on penalties by Paris Saint-Germain a week ago. Whereas Maurizio Sarri’s side have just completed the 2019-20 Serie A campaign, winning their ninth consecutive title.
Notable results for the Italian giants since the restart including a 4-2 defeat at AC Milan in which they were 2-0 up, and a 2-2 draw versus Atalanta in which they fought back twice courtesy of a penalty each time. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t hit his usual heights this season, relying on a large number of penalties to make his goal tally look impressive.