This coming Tuesday is the rematch between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal. With the second leg of this match’s semifinal just a week away, it promises to be just as dramatic as the semifinal from last season, which saw eventual victors Real advance 6-5 on aggregate. The victor of this semifinal will compete in the final on June 10 in Istanbul against either Milan or Inter. But how are the lineups for each club in this one? Let’s look at some team news:

Team news: Eder Militao has been banned and will not play in the home leg after receiving a booking immediately before the semi-finals’ reset of all prior yellow cards. Due to a calf injury, Ferland Mendy is still questionable, but Ancelotti has said that Luka Modric will start. As a result, Aurelien Tchouameni could discontinue.

Courtois; Carvajal; Rudiger; Alaba; Camavinga; Valverde; Kroos; and Modric might make up the Real XI. Rodrygo, Benzema (captain), and Vinicius Jr.

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News about the Man City team: Nathan Ake is uncertain because of a hamstring issue and has missed practise. After Pep Guardiola rotated his players over the weekend in the win over Leeds, Rodri, John Stones, Bernardo Silva, and Jack Grealish should all be able to play again.

Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Stones, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan (c), Grealish, and Haaland might make up the City XI.

Watch this Modric vs. Rodri matchup to see how Ancelotti handled himself into this one after confirming that the Croatian superstar will play a key role. On the major occasions, and there are few more significant than this one, the 37-year-old has proven himself capable of breaking out into classic form. The inventiveness and vision of Modric in the centre will be crucial, but there is a chance that his diminished level of fitness will harm Real in the struggle for midfield dominance.

In the first leg of City’s quarterfinal triumph against Bayern Munich, Rodri played like a man possessed, and if he continues in that vein, it may be hard for the Spanish superpowers to deal with him. It could be possible to avoid any immediate fear of being swamped by using a more aggressive centre, but Modric’s expertise, Toni Kroos’ skill, and Fede Valverde’s no-nonsense attitude have all contributed to some of Real’s greatest performances this season.

The major loss for Ancelotti and his side may be Militao at the back, despite the fact that Modric was initially seen as a bit of a danger due to his fitness. Although Militao and David Alaba are both capable defenders, Militao offers an authority and calm that few others Europe can compete on his day, which would cost Real more than betting on Modric’s readiness to start. However, Ancelotti is the person who understands these games the best.


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