Real Madrid and Manchester City will battle it out for a spot in the Champions League final tonight, as they meet at the Etihad for the second leg of their semi-final clash.
The winner will join Inter Milan in the showpiece event in Istanbul, after the Italian side beat Paris Saint-Germain on away goals.
The first leg in Madrid ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with Vinicius Junior giving Real the lead and Kevin de Bruyne equalizing for City.
City have the edge on away goals and form, having won 20 of their last 21 games in all competitions. But Real are not to be underestimated, as they aim to lift their 15th European Cup under Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real boss said he was confident his players would cope with the pressure and focus on the positives.
“Tomorrow is a game day and we know it very well. It’s normal to have some worries and doubts. You wonder if (Erling) Haaland will score, if (Kevin) de Bruyne will hurt you […] But you have to control your mind and think about what you can do well and not what you can do wrong,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Real Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti speaks during a media conference at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, May 16, 2023Martin Rickett/PA Wire Ancelotti has no major injury concerns and can field his strongest line-up against City.
The two teams have a balanced record against each other, with three wins each and two draws in eight meetings.