The 3 players of Real Madrid who might hold the key to overturn the tie against Manchester City after losing the first-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid is set to travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the round of 16 after losing the first tie at home by a scoreline of 1-2. Zinedine Zidane would need to put together a plan that would see Los Blancos turn around the tie to make into the quarter-final of the competition.
However, outclassing Pep Guardiola tactically and at home is certainly not easy as the former Bayern Munich manage is one of the most technical and tactical coaches in the world. Pep’s masterclass at the Bernabeu was quite evident as he chose to play Gabriel Jesus who stretched open Real’s defence which facilitated Kevin De Bruyne to move forward and it ultimately paid off.
Not only would Zidane travel to Etihad Stadium with the pressure of overturning the tie, but the French manager will also have to do without Real Madrid’s captain, Sergio Ramos, who picked a clumsy red card in the first leg of the tie.
Nonetheless, Los Blancos are basking in great form recently after being crowned champions of Spain for the record 34th time and now it all boils down to whether the players can deal with the pressure away from the Bernabeu to overturn the score.
Here are three players who would be absolutely crucial for Zinedine Zidane to overturn the aggregate scoreline.
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The former Porto Brazilian centre-back will be given the responsibility ahead of Nacho Fernandez to fill in the void of Sergio Ramos who will be supporting his side from the stands at the Etihad Stadium after receiving a red card in the first-leg.
Militao has shown glimpses of his previous form that was displayed at Porto throughout the season, however, the Brazilain has not yet convinced most fans after the club splashed 50 million euros to sign him in the summer of 2019. The 2019 Copa American winner will have to step up against Manchester City and prove the critics wrong by justifying the price tag that Real paid to procure his services.
In a recent interview, the Brazilian stated that he feels confident about the fixture and is ready to prove his worth. If Militao manages to show the same form he did last season with Porto against Liverpool, then it is certain that Real might prevent Manchester City from adding another goal to their tally.