Real Madrid are looking to flex their European credentials when they visit Manchester City in the return of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid were shocked at the Santiago Bernabeu in February when Manchester City claimed a 2-1 win over them in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash between the duo. Isco was on target for the hosts whereas Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne struck for the visiting side late on to grab a commanding victory.

Almost six months later, Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane face off once again with contrasting hopes. The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of changes to sporting schedules and the Champions League certainly hasn’t had much of its own leeway.

The Spaniard will be looking to win his third European Cup as manager, first away from Barcelona, whereas his French counterpart would only have sights set on short-term success for the time being, which is clearly to overturn the first leg deficit at the Etihad Stadium. We take a look at the reasons why the Whites still can be optimistic.

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Zinedine Zidane is much more than a lucky charm for the Merengues. One of the world’s greatest ever players has already inscribed his names as one of the best managers in a short span of time. His three consecutive Champions League wins continue to pulverize all his other success and he has been incredibly good on the European front.

Zizou has never lost a knockout tie in the Champions League as a manager or an assistant too. When Real Madrid lost in 2015 and 2019 against Juventus and Ajax Amsterdam, the 48-year-old was nowhere close to the touchline. He will be looking to build on his astonishing record which certainly is not normal, but commendable to say the least.

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