But this is the Champions League. And this is Real Madrid, a team that thrives in elimination contests. So much so that sometimes they seem capable of channeling their inner wizard to get out of incredible situations.
We watched this same movie last year when these two sides met in the semifinals, and Man City was minutes away from reaching another Champions League final before Rodrigo’s goal in added time moved the tie into extra time. From that moment on, Karim Benzema’s winning penalty seemed inevitable.
But there is one crucial difference from the injury suffered in Madrid last year. The second game of this match will take place at the Etihad Stadium. Man City are undefeated in their last 25 home matches in the Champions League (W23 D2), and Lyon in September 2018 was the last away team to win at the Etihad.
Real Madrid is unbeaten in its previous four away matches against Manchester City in the Champions League (D2 L2), having lost each of its last two.
Manchester City approach this second semifinal match in fantastic form. They are unbeaten in 22 matches (W18 D4), having last lost in early February.
With the Copa del Rey trophy already in their pocket and the league out of their reach, this game will now be a cup final for Real Madrid. Madrid is unbeaten in their last seven Champions League elimination matches (six wins and one draw).
When will Manchester City play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League?
Manchester City vs Real Madrid is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Where will Manchester City vs Real Madrid match in the UEFA Champions League?
Manchester City will take on Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Manchester City vs Real Madrid match in India?
All UEFA Champions League matches for the 2022-2023 season will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network in India.
How do I watch Manchester City vs Real Madrid live in India?
Football fans can watch live UEFA Champions League games on SonyLIV.