“A team that can never be dismissed”

Former Barcelona star Rivaldo has advised Manchester City to be wary of Real Madrid’s Champions League pedigree despite being favorites to win the semi-final.

Pep Guardiola’s side secured a 4-3 win over Los Blancos at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva scored for the hosts, while a Vinicius Jr. goal and a Karim Benzema brace kept Carlo Ancelotti’s side level.

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The two teams will now face each other in the second leg of the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Manchester City will be determined to defend their one-goal lead, while Real Madrid will be looking to turn the tide at home.

Despite a one-goal lead, the Citizens remain the favorites to advance to the final, according to Rivaldo. However, the former Barcelona striker stressed that Real Madrid can never be left out of the Champions League. He wrote in his Betfair column:

“If we look generically at the game, we can say that Man City were stronger in terms of possession, control, goalscoring opportunities and could have won it by a bigger margin, but Real Madrid are a team that can never be ignored.”

“I’ve played against them many times and I know what I’m talking about, and they’re also 13 times Champions League winners against a team that’s never won it, so it’s normal that the Spanish club have that greater experience that enables them to survive in difficult circumstances.”

“Now I expect Real Madrid to be confident of qualifying for the final at the Bernabeu in front of their fans, so I imagine Manchester City will struggle despite being favourites.”

With Rivaldo insisting that Los Blancos will be confident of their chances of qualifying for the Champions League final, it remains to be seen who will emerge victorious on Wednesday.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have upcoming league games

The citizens and Los Blancos have a league game to play before Wednesday’s Champions League showdown. It should be noted that Ancelotti’s side are on track to win La Liga as they enjoy a 15-point lead at the top of the table with five games remaining. Manchester City, on the other hand, currently sit atop the table, but are just one point behind second-placed Liverpool.

Manchester City take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ancelotti and Co will host RCD Espanol at the Bernabeu ahead of their Champions League clash.

Edited by Dakir Mohammad Thanveer

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