Though Los Blancos are down in the Champions League, they’re certainly not out. The team that played Man City just a few months ago is now both looking and feeling very different as they go to their August fixture against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Real Madrid are riding high having just won La Liga and are certainly one of the best teams in Europe right now. Thibaut Courtois won the Zamora Trophy. And Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are keeping up the goal scoring numbers. Finally, we had the return of Marco Asensio. Compared to Man City, they appear head and shoulders above them, with the English team struggling to maintain a decent defense strategy.
In the first leg, Real Madrid are 2 – 1 down to man City, even though they were the better team for most of the match. Around this period, Los Blancos also managed to lose to Levante and Real Betis. They seemed to struggle to find consistency.
But that all seems eons away. having a fantastic back four and an all action mid-field, has certainly turned the tables. And with an attacking team of Hazard, Asensio and Benzema, it’s all starting to come together. In truth, scoring 2 goals at the Etihad Stadium isn’t going to be easy. Man City can almost smell their chance at grasping the Champion’s trophy. They have a very real possibility. Remember that Guardiola has done that before.
But then again, Zinedine Zidane has also trod the path to the Championship Leagues cup, a total of three times. Real Madrid have won their last 11 games of the season. So even approaching the match with a 2 – 1 deficit should phase them. Though man City are no pushovers, it’ll take a lot to dent the confidence and sheer pushing power that a long string of victories injects into a teams moral. If Real Madrid can make the most of City’s weaker defense, then those 2 goals down should mean very little in the way of any obstacle on their road to the Champions League title.