Can Pep get the better of Carlo? – 5 talking points ahead of City’s semi-final

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Manchester City and Real Madrid meet again on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some talking points ahead of the decisive encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

Evenly-matched sides

The tie is evenly poised after last week’s 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. City proved they can dominate in terms of possession but Real were sharp on the counter. Home advantage favours City but Real’s pedigree and history, with 14 European titles to their name, often comes to the fore. These aspects could cancel each other out, leaving neither side with a distinct edge over the other. The outcome is in the balance and could go either way.

Potent attacking forces

Leeds United v Manchester City – Premier League – Elland Road
In Jack Grealish (left), Kevin de Bryne (centre) and Erling Haaland, City have a formidable attack (Tim Goode/PA)

Tactical planning

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Julian Alvarez is an option off the bench for City (John Walton/PA)

Past meetings

Manchester City v Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – First Leg – Etihad Stadium
City were 4-3 winners in the first leg of their clash with Real last season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Managerial head-to-head

Real Madrid v Manchester City – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Santiago Bernabeu
Managerial greats Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola go head-to-head once again (Nick Potts/PA)

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