MADRID, May 3 / WAM / The “Santiago Bernabéu” stadium in the Spanish capital, “Madrid”, will host tomorrow a high-caliber confrontation between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals Europa League, which is an early European final before the actual final. On May 28, after the first leg ended in City’s victory over Real Madrid by four goals to three.
During the press conference prior to tomorrow’s game, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his team is fully prepared to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals, indicating that the team can need to make a greater effort than in the first leg to cross into the final match.
Guardiola said that just presenting a good game does not guarantee a victory over Real Madrid, especially since the result of the first leg was not decisive, he warned his players not to trust the result of the first leg, which has become the past, and stressed that the second leg is something else and the team must present a better offer than the one presented in the second leg.
The Spanish coach added: “Of course we have to play better than in the first leg to qualify for the final, but we may play less and qualify as well. Football cannot be predicted or predicted.”
Guardiola described the first leg as very good and open, noting that the level of the two teams translated into seven goals in the match, and Guardiola confirmed that his team’s objective at the moment is to qualify for the final of the Liga de Champions.
He also confirmed that he does not consider Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid at the “Santiago Bernabéu” by four clean goals this season as an indication that Manchester City can pull it off as well, pointing out that he did not speak to Barcelona manager Xavi. Hernandez, about Real Madrid. Madrid, because Barcelona includes players who are not in Manchester City Manchester City also includes players who are not in Barcelona.
On the other hand, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Manchester City has an advantage over his team, before tomorrow’s game, and that Real needs to do everything possible to take advantage of this great opportunity to reach the final of the tournament.
Ancelotti confirmed that tomorrow’s match is “very difficult”, although Real have a “fantastic” chance of reaching the European final.
Ancelotti rejected the notion that history will play a role in this matchup tomorrow, noting that each match has its own circumstances and nature.
Ancelotti said: “Real Madrid is enthusiastic, motivated and focused in the face of this important challenge. We know how difficult the match will be, but we are very confident.”
The matchup is open and we have a slight advantage that we seek to take advantage of tomorrow, indicating that the victory of the team at home with a clean goal or a difference of one goal guarantees qualification for the final, as long as the result is not greater than 4. -3.
The Italian coach indicated that both teams have great potential and that winning in this type of match is not only due to illusion, but also because the team can impose its personality on the match because personality helps it show its capabilities.
Ancelotti confirmed that his Austrian defender David Alaba will not participate in the game due to injury, and that this does not mean a change in the team’s defense, especially since Nacho Fernández is performing well.