Manchester City followers had been thrilled on the sight of Ruben Dias returning to the squad for his or her Champions League quarter-final second leg in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
After one other thrilling night time in Europe on Tuesday, City shall be seeking to e-book their place within the semi-finals this night as they make the journey to the Spanish capital. The Blues already know who their opponents shall be ought to they end the job in opposition to Atletico tonight.
Actual Madrid lie in wait within the final 4, with Carlo Ancelotti’s males seeing off defending champions Chelsea in an exhilarating encounter on the Bernabeu. Only a few miles away, City shall be aiming to keep away from any slip-ups as they proceed their hunt for the treble.
Pep Guardiola’s facet after all maintain a 1-0 lead from the primary leg on the Etihad, due to Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half strike. They had been made to work laborious for his or her lead although, with Diego Simeone’s pragmatic facet irritating them for big intervals.
They’ll anticipate extra of the identical this night on the Wanda Metropolitano, though that all-important purpose might nicely work within the guests’ favour. They are going to be favourites to undergo, and proceed their seek for a primary European crown.
Following their titanic title showdown with Liverpool on Sunday, Guardiola makes simply two adjustments to his facet. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling make method following the weekend’s 2-2 draw, with Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez returning to the facet.
It additionally means Phil Foden holds onto his place, having made a huge effect off the bench within the first leg, whereas Kyle Walker returns to Champions League motion after his three-match suspension. There’s additionally a return to the bench for Ruben Dias as he takes one other step in direction of his return from damage, with City’s followers delighted to see him again.
This night’s sport might after all present one other massive step in direction of a historic treble for City this season. Having maintained their one-point benefit over Liverpool on Sunday, they face the Reds once more at Wembley within the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, and can hope to be a step nearer to a different Champions League last.