Champions League Real-City: What history says

Champions League Real-City: What history says

Two wins and two match draws.

Real Madrid will take on Manchester City tonight in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. The two teams are in the same position as they did in the European tournament before this crucial match.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

In other words, City and Real have won two matches in six previous encounters. The other two matches have been drawn.

Real have only faced the English club in the Champions League in the European tournament. The first face-off in the group stage in 2012; Real won the first match but drew the next. After a goalless draw in the first leg of the 2016 Champions League semi-final, Real returned to Bernabeu with a suicide goal from Fernandinho.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City reached the quarter-finals after winning two legs in the last 16 two years ago. The two teams will face each other for the seventh time today at midnight Bangladesh time.

City coach Pep Guardiola’s record against Real coach Carlo Ancelotti could also inspire fans of the English club. Guardiola has won four times, facing Ancelotti six times so far. Ancelotti won two matches. Ancelotti has won both these matches in the Champions League. Ancelotti beat Real Madrid 5-0 in two semifinals against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals on their way to La Real desma (tenth title) in 2014.

Guardiola has won four matches against Ancelotti in the Champions League and the domestic league. As Real coach, Ancelotti has won just two wins against Guardiola in the 2014 Champions League.

Real are no strangers to Spanish coach Guardiola. Guardiola has faced Real as Barcelona’s coach in La Liga. Then Barca (2006-2012) spent a golden time holding his hand.

In all, Guardiola has won 11 of 19 matches against Real so far. Four draws and four losses in the remaining eight matches. Only Guardiola has faced more matches than Chelsea (21) and Manchester United (20).

Guardiola has coached Bar্সa 15 of the 19 previous encounters with Real. He coached Bayern and City in two matches each.

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