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Man City vs Real Madrid: The Most Important Match-Up Of The Night

Man City vs Real Madrid: The Most Important Match-Up Of The Night
Rudi Kinsella
By Rudi Kinsella
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Manchester City vs Real Madrid is just a few short hours away and it's shaping up to be a cracker of a Champions League tie.

Man City, led by the great Erling Haaland, are of course the favourites for the game, which is 1-1 on aggregate. But anyone would be foolilsh to bet against a Real Madrid side who know exactly when to come alive in Europe.

There are a whole hosts of interesting battles on the pitch tonight. The Madrid defenders against Haaland, Vini Jr against Kyle Walkler, and Jack Grealish against a fiery Dani Carvajal.

But the one that could prove to be the most crucial is Eduardo Camavinga up against whoever City pick to deal with him.

Camavinga played as a left-back against City in the first-leg. Well, he did at times. When defending, he was one of the four Madrid defenders, but the second the Spanish side won it back, Camavinga's role changed.


He wasn't just an overlapping full-back either. He was storming up the wing and coming in centrally, causing confusion for the City team.

In fact, Madrid's only goal of the game came from Camavinga playing a nice one-two with Luka Modric, before exploding up the pitch with the ball at his feet.


Man City vs Real Madrid

He looked as though he was gliding, but no City player could get near him, and he played it to Vinicius Jr who smashed it into the top corner.

There are plenty of danger men on the pitch tonight for both sides, but this feels like the sort of thing that Pep Guardiola could well overthink. 

How do City deal with Camavinga? It certainly won't be easy, and the correct answer is probably to just focus on their own game and what they are good at themselves.


But if Madrid are to get something tonight, it could well be down to the Frenchman.

See also: "The Biggest F*** Up Of My Life As A Coach," Why Real Madrid Is A Personal Conquest For Guardiola


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