The next chapter in Manchester City’s Champions League drama

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Of: Tim Althoff


Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid. Again, the handle pot will not work.

Update of May 5, 2 p.m.: Pep Guardiola has yet to wait for his first Champions League title since 2011. The Catalan coach reacted at a loss to his Skyblues’ Champions League exit. “We haven’t suffered much, but football is unpredictable,” Guardiola said in an interview after the 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid. bt sports. You didn’t play well before the break. After Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the 73rd minute, Rodrygo brought Real Madrid back in extra time with a double (90th / 91st minute). Karim Benzema decided the game from the penalty spot.

“After the goal (1-0) we found our rhythm, our game. The players felt comfortable on the pitch,” observed the former Bayern coach. were attacking and attacking and attacking and we couldn’t survive it.” In the end, however, Madrid ordered many players into the box and then scored two goals from crosses. Due to the pressure, he was normal not to play his best game in the semi-finals, explained a visibly helpless Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola during the match against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. © IMAGO/Javier Garcia/Shutterstock

Manchester City invests more than a billion euros – and does not win the Champions League

The Catalan has been at Manchester City since 2016 and since taking over, the club have spent well over €1 billion in transfer fees to strengthen the squad. The Citizens are still waiting for the handle pot to this day. A little throwback to the Champions League terminus of recent years:

  • 2021/2022: semi-final against Real Madrid
  • 2020/2021: Final against Chelsea
  • 2019/2020: quarter-finals against Olympique Lyonnais
  • 2018/2019: quarter-finals against Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2017/2018: quarter-finals against Liverpool
  • 2016/2017: round of 16 against AS Monaco
  • 2015/2016: semi-final against Real Madrid
  • 2014/2015: round of 16 against FC Barcelona
  • 2013/2014: round of 16 against FC Barcelona

Champions League semi-finals: Real Madrid v Manchester City

First report of May 4, 12:12 p.m.: Madrid – Who can play against Liverpool on May 28 and play for the pot at the Stade de France in Paris? In the second leg of the semi-finals (live on the ticker) of the UEFA Champions League, fans can once again look forward to the top duel between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Even the first leg did justice to the magnitude of this match and delivered a veritable festival of football. The English won 4-3, but after Karim Benzema’s late goal they can’t be sure.

In the Round of 16 against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea FC, Los Blancos showed that they only truly reached their peak at the Santiago Bernabéu. It looks like the ‘Royal’ in the Champions League are once again as untouchable as they were in the spectacular run between 2016 and 2019 under coach Zinedine Zidane. Karim Benzema in particular really lights up. The Frenchman should have convinced even the last detractors of his world class in the current season. In any case, 14 goals in CL’s last ten games speak for themselves.

May 4, 2022 at 9:00 p.m.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Real Madrid – Manchester City: Karim Benzema is chasing a record in the Champions League

The 34-year-old also has the chance to equal or even beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. In the 2013/2014 season, the multiple world footballer scored 17 goals in 11 games, setting the record for most goals in a single Champions League season. If Benzema delivers again at the Bernabéu and sends his team to the final, the CR7 brand could falter.

Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will try to prevent this as much as possible. The Spaniard is still waiting for his first Champions League title after his move to FC Barcelona. It hasn’t worked out so far neither with FC Bayern nor in Manchester, last year he failed in the final against FC Chelsea and striker Kai Havertz. Should Pep once again fail to endorse the European crown, the voices that he was training in the big Champions League games will certainly not be silenced.

Champions League: Manchester City could lose sight of their third title

A possible exit against Madrid would also increase the pressure on the “Citizens” in the league. In the League Cup and the FA Cup, the team failed at Liverpool FC, who are only a point behind the “Skyblues” in the Premier League. Losing to Real Madrid would mean winning the league title for not playing a totally lost season. However, this scenario is still a long way off. After all, City probably have the widest squad in the world and continued to turn out in fine form in the 4-0 win at Leeds.

Manchester City and Real Madrid are vying for a place in the Champions League final.
Manchester City and Real Madrid are vying for a place in the Champions League final. © Andrew Yates/Imago

Real Madrid’s opponents can play a little more freely. Carlo Ancelotti’s team celebrated their 35th Primera División title this weekend and presented the trophy in the streets of the Spanish capital. Without appearing in advance in the more restricted circle of favorites, a victory in the Champions League would gild the season. The aging workforce around Benzema (34), Modric (36) and Kroos (32) was no longer supposed to do much. Are they now shocking Guardiola and the Citizens?

Real Madrid – Manchester City: Who is broadcasting the Champions League live on TV today?

Due to the current distribution of broadcasting rights, the game cannot be broadcast on German television. None of the German broadcasting groups was able to win against the streaming providers.

Instead, there will be a program on ZDF with highlights from the two second leg semi-finals. This will be moderated from 11 p.m. by Jochen Breyer and expert Per Mertesacker.

Champions League live stream: Who is showing Real Madrid v Manchester City live stream today?

After the first leg of the second leg between Villarreal and Liverpool aired on Amazon Prime Video, the game between Real and City will be shown on DAZN. The paid sports streaming service offers the game exclusively. Fans need a paid subscription for this.

DAZN begins at 8:30 p.m. with preliminary reports. Moderator Alex Schlueter, expert Sandro Wagner and journalist Max Siebald will guide you through the game. Uli Lever then comments.

Real Madrid-Manchester City
DAZN (smart TV)
ZDF (11 p.m.)

Champions League: Real Madrid – Manchester City in the live ticker on

If you don’t have a DAZN subscription or are busy, you can also watch the decisive rematch in the live ticker to pursue. This way you won’t miss any important scene of the game. (your)

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