Man City vs Real Madrid will have two key players miss the crucial tie at the Etihad
– Gareth Bale is likely not to travel with the squad while Hazard’s ankle problem puts a question mark on his availability
– Real Madrid lost the first by 2-1 at the Bernabeu and would need just one just to scale through to the next round
Man City vs Real Madrid would see Zinedine Zidane drop Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard for the second leg tie at the Etihad.
Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos has also been ruled out through suspension following his red card in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But playing without Hazard would be a major concern for Zidane after the winger further aggravated his ankle injury before the conclusion of La Liga season.
It leaves Real Madrid on a tight rope as they would need to score only one goal without conceding to qualify into the quarter-finals after losing by 2-1 in the first leg at home.
Hazard’s absence gives Vinicius Junior the opportunity to start on the right with Asensio or Rdrygo given the nod on the left-wing.
Bale will likely not make the trip to Manchester while James Rodriguez who only made one appearance in La Liga after the break will also not travel.
Karim Benzema will complete the front-three in the likely 4-3-3 formation that could be implemented by Zidane.
The three likely to start in the middle of the pack could be Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric’s experience could be good enough for a second half appearance while Isco’s trickery will be needed later on.
The back-four would see Eder Militao pair up with Raphael Varane due to Ramos’ suspension while the wing-back positions will be occupied by Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal.
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The Colombian’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu remains in doubt despite showing glimpses of his quality, particularly in his early years at the club.