Match scheduled: Thursday, September 20th from 01:45 to 03:45
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Manchester City match preview is going to be very important for both the teams and they are upbeat about it. Both the teams are going to work hard to win it to improve their standing in the tournament Champions League campaign.
Madrid, (IANS) Real Madrid need to overcome their biggest crisis since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as coach just over two seasons ago as they prepare to kick off their Champions League campaign at home to Manchester City Tuesday night.
The Spanish Primera Liga giants have arguably the toughest group in the competition, having been drawn to play the English, German and Dutch champions: Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax and they kick off against big-spending City in the Santiago Bernabeu, reports Xinhua.
Real go into the match on the back of their second Primera Liga defeat of the season, 0-1 to Sevilla Saturday night. The defeat left Madrid eight points behind FC Barcelona in the race for the title and led to Mourinho producing harsh criticism of his players, complaining that at the moment he “doesn’t have a team” while questioning the will to win of much of his squad.
Mourinho has so far refused to comment about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has provoked anger among Madrid fans after saying he was “sad”. Ronaldo was poor Saturday and it will be interesting to see the reaction of the Madrid fans on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The Madrid coach will almost certainly make some changes to his starting 11 with Fabio Coentrao, suspended in the Primera Liga, replacing Marcelo at left back and Luka Modric coming in for Mesut Ozil in the attacking midfield role.
Karim Benzema could also be in with a chance of replacing Gonzalo Higuain in attack after Higuain missed several chances in Sevilla, although Benzema has also been struggling in front of goal in the opening matches of the season.
Manchester City will be followed by around 4,000 supporters and will have David Silva, once a Real Madrid target in their side after he was rested for their trip to play Stoke City.
Former Madrid youngster, Javi Garcia and former Barcelona midfielder, Toure Yaya will almost certainly make the line up.
City coach Roberto Mancini has been accused of being over-conservative in some away matches in Europe and it will be interesting to see if his side go for an away win or look to settle for a point.
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