Manchester City head to Real Madrid this week as they step up preparations for a huge Champions League double-header against Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Los Blancos have seen Barcelona overtake them at the top of La Liga following a draw and defeat in their last two games and Man City will be looking to take advantage.
Pep Guardiola will be well aware of how important the Champions League is to Many City after it was announced they are facing a ban from the competition for the next two years.
Can they pull out all the stops and gain victory on Spanish soil? Check out our preview, predictions, confirmed line-ups and TV information ahead of the big game:
When is Real Madrid vs Man City and where can I watch live?
Competition: Champions League
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport
Online & live stream options: UK audiences with a BT Sport subscription can watch online or live stream through their app.
Last four meetings: Real Madrid v Man City
18 September 2012: Real Madrid 3-2 Man City (Champions League)
21 November 2012: Man City 1-1 Real Madrid (Champions League)
26 April 2016: Man City 0-0 Real Madrid (Champions League)
04 May 2016: Real Madrid 1-0 Man City (Champions League)
Aggregate Score: Real Madrid (WDDW) 5-3 Man City (LDDL)
Ones to watch
Real Madrid: Casemiro
The Brazilian midfielder will have his work cut out on Wednesday trying to stifle the creativity and pace within Man City‘s midfield ranks. He has been having a fine season for Los Blancos and is the fulcrum at the heart of their midfield.
His tenacity in the centre of the pitch allows others the freedom to roam and create chances. The 28-year-old has netted four times during the campaign so far, including one in the Champions League.
Key stat: Casemiro has made 79 successful tackles in La Liga this season for Real Madrid, at least 32 more than any other Los Blancos player.
Man City: Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne remains Man City‘s most influential player and has the hopes of the club resting on his shoulders. He will be desperate to win the Champions League, especially with a ban lingering on the horizon.
The playmaker will be pulling the strings hoping to create opportunities for Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Key stat: No player has created more chances in the English top-flight than Man City‘s Kevin de Bruyne (96).
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) February 26, 2020
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How we line-up at the Bernabeu!
Ederson. Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Jesus
Subs | Bravo, Sterling, Aguero, Silva, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Foden
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 26, 2020
Zidane will be hoping to return to Manchester with an advantage and the La Liga side know Man City are vulnerable at the back, but the loss of Hazard could prove key in the battle for chance creation.
Man City have their own injury problems but in De Bruyne they have a man capable of making the difference on a big occasion. This will be a game Man City will not want to lose – especially with a ban hanging over their heads – which makes an extended run in this season’s competition even more important.