Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid
Manchester City and Real Madrid played out a dour goalless draw at the Etihad last week Getty Images

Manchester City face a tricky task against 10-time European champions Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on 4 May.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport Europe.


Gareth Bale's late winner against Real Sociedad at Anoeta on 30 April kept Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title. The Spanish giants will be wary of conceding an away goal after they failed to score at the Etihad in last week's first leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to start for the hosts after recovering from a hamstring muscle tear. Karim Benzema (thigh) is doubtful, but midfielder Casemiro (foot) should feature.

Manuel Pellegrini fielded a weakened team as Manchester City fell to a 4-2 defeat against Southampton at the weekend. The Premier League side have won three of their five away games in this season's Champions League, including a 3-1 victory over Real's domestic rivals Sevilla in the group stages.

Yaya Toure could start on the bench after recovering from thigh problem, but David Silva (hamstring) remains out.

What managers say

Zinedine Zidane: "We have done our job [against Real Sociedad], which is the most important thing. What the others do we'll wait and see, but it doesn't matter. The most important thing was to win today ourselves. If we hadn't the league would have been a lot more difficult. Now we need to think about Wednesday. In my head I hope and think that Cristiano and Karim will be fit and we will all be together."

Manuel Pellegrini: "I was shocked that Madrid were so far back [in the first leg]. In the first half especially, the team that was trying to recover the ball further up and was playing with more intention was ours. Perhaps at some point they looked superior and perhaps they were guessing, and they were right, that they should play the first half by trying not to lose. We didn't put defensive players in there nor did we wait for them at our goal to try to avoid them scoring on us. On the contrary, we went out to set the pace with our creative players who, unfortunately, weren't very creative that day."

Form guide

  • Real Madrid (all competitions): WDWWW
  • Last result: Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid
  • Manchester City (all competitions): LDWDW
  • Last result: Southampton 4-2 Manchester City

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Real Madrid win: 1/2
  • Draw: 10/3
  • Manchester City win: 5/1

Team news

Real Madrid possible XI: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Ronaldo, Vasquez

Manchester City possible XI: Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, Iheanacho, De Bruyne; Aguero