A repeat of the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is still possible after Friday’s semi-final draw.
Real, who won that game 4-1 after extra-time, will play first-time semi-finalists Manchester City.
For Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane the matches against Manuel Pellegrini’s team will be very difficult.
The only positive thing, is that we will play the second leg at home and that will always be positive. It is a complicated match and I am sure it will be a total dispute.
“It is a semi-final anyway. It will be a very difficult match. The only positive thing, is that we will play the second leg at home and that will always be positive. It is a complicated match and I am sure it will be a total dispute.
“We saw how we lost 2-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals, a match that seemed to be easy. So I don’t want to hear that. We know that, in order to continue we have to play well against all teams,” he stressed.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says being drawn against his former employers Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final does not give him any extra motivation in the tie.
“Well it’s a difficult draw. It didn’t matter which of the three teams we had to play, the three were all difficult. I think that the options to continue is the same for all the teams and we expect to do good games against a big team,” Pellegrini told reporters, adding “It’s not an extra motivation. I think always the more motivation is to play the semi-final of the Champions League.”
Real, record 10-times champions, are unbeaten in their last eight games against English clubs. Their only previous tie against City came in 2012 when the Spanish side won 3-2 at home before drawing 1-1 in Manchester.
The first leg will take place in Manchester on April 26 , with the return leg in Spain’s capital on May 4 .