Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview: Europe's premier competition is back as City aim to complete the job against the La Liga Champions
Kevin De Bruyne was outstanding in the first leg and has been a shining light for City this season, he comes into this game having equalled Thierry Henry's Premier League assist record of 20 - Photo by Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

It isn't anywhere near to being job done for Manchester City, however they arrive into this second leg in an extremely healthy position leading 2-1 on aggregate following the two sides' meeting since before lock-down. 

Real Madrid were second best in every aspect in that match but will arrive into this game full of confidence having pipped their great rivals FC Barcelona in La Liga to win their first title since 2017. Los Blancos will undoubtedly believe they can turn the scoreline around in their current form, the record holders boast an 11 match unbeaten run in their league with a 10 match winning run being produced in their title run-in.

Recent form

Both teams arrive into this match in excellent form. As briefly mentioned Real travel to the Etihad with an 11 match unbeaten run under their belts. The thirteen time European winners won 10 of those games in a row prior to their last game of the season when the title had already been won.

City will be aware that their last knockout match ended in defeat to recently crowned FA Cup winners Arsenal. That being said, in the league since their 1-0 loss against Southampton, City have been flawless having won five in a row and scoring twenty-one goals in the process.

Last time they met

City were outstanding in the first leg. Despite falling behind against the run of play to a goal from Isco, Kevin De Bruyne showed why he is one of the greatest midfielders in the world and perhaps the best in the world right now. 

A late penalty coupled with an assist for Gabriel Jesus earned victory for the Blues and ensured they would arrive into the second leg with a small foot in the doorstep of the quarter-finals. 

Team News

To compound Madrid's woes from the first-leg. Los Blancos' captain and legend Sergio Ramos was sent off in the build up to the penalty and will be unavailable for selection to Zinedine Zidane.

Mariano Diaz contracted coronavirus on the 29th of July and will not be part of the travelling party to Manchester. 

Marcelo is also a doubt due to an issue in his abductor, it is unlikely he will feature against Pep Guardiola's men.

Ramos will not be the only absentee due to suspension as City full-back Benjamin Mendy will also be not available for selection. Joao Cancelo is expected to play at left-back again.

Sergio Aguero continues to recover from a knee injury which has kept him out of action since the 22nd of June following City's 5-0 mauling of Burnley at the Etihad. Jesus will be expected to lead City's forward line again. 

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