Manchester City’s dreams of winning the UEFA Champions League are still alive, albeit slimly, after they drew 0-0 with Real Madrid at the Etihad last night. Real were without star man and top-scorer Ronaldo, but it did not stop them dominating the game overall and City were under real pressure towards the end.
Joe Hart was city’s best player on the night producing a string of world class saves and they looked much stronger in defence with captain Kompany back. Kevin de Bruyne was City’s best attacking player again and this trio will no doubt play a big part in the return leg at the Bernabeu in a fortnight’s time.
The second of the UEFA Champions League first-leg semi-finals take place tonight between Atletico Madrid and tournament favourites Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. This is the first ever meeting between the two teams in any European competition, but Bayern Manager Pep Guardiola has faced off against Atletico 10 times in his managerial career and won eight of these encounters.
Atletico have been weakened by the loss of their influential Uruguayan defender Diego Godin, but will still be confident of keeping Bayern at bay considering they kept a clean sheet against Barcelona at the quarter-final stage at home a fortnight ago. Atletico have kept a clean sheet in their last four Champions League home fixtures and with Bayern failing to win their last two away games in the competition, drawing 2-2 against Juventus and Benfica, a draw looks like the most likely outcome tonight.