Arsene Wenger: Man City have advantage over Real Madrid ahead of UCL semi-final


Real Madrid steamrolled past Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League over two legs to seal a semifinal spot in the prestigious event. The first leg of the final four is scheduled in less than three weeks, giving Carlo Ancelotti’s men enough time to prepare.

However, it so happens that Los Blancos participate in the final of the Copa del Rey against Osasuna on May 6th. This leaves them with practically no recovery time before the scheduled kickoff against Manchester City on May 9th.

According to reports from Melchor Ruiz, the club offices have asked UEFA to take the cup final into consideration while drafting the semifinal schedule and thus shift the game to Wednesday, May 10th.

However, there appears to be no movement and the clash will likely continue on Tuesday the 9th.

Under normal circumstances, Los Blancos would sacrifice any game preceding a UCL match owing to the vast difference in stakes. However, they cannot afford to do the same in a cup final, especially given their drought for success in the Copa del Rey in recent years.

There is thus pressure on Ancelotti to handle the two games within 72 hours of one another with minimal fatigue and injury concerns. The Italian has always been known for his man-management and one expects that he will find a way through the grasses.

The first leg of the UCL semifinal will be played at Santiago Bernabeu. The second leg is scheduled just a week later at the Etihad Stadium.

Interestingly, the fixture holds in store a repeat of last season’s semifinal which ended in a sensational comeback win for the Spanish giants.

If the men in white triumph on both fronts, i.e. the Cup final and the Champions League semifinal, they will be on the verge of sealing a spectacular end to the season with two trophies.


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