Manchester: Real Madrid players are all set to face Premier League giants Manchester City in UCL semi-final.Real Madrid needs to win only three matches for their 11th title whereas Manchester City is fighting for it for the first time.
Manchester City defender Toure, 32, was injured late in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Stoke but stayed on as City had used their three substitutes.
Another defender Vincent Kompany, who has only played 20 times this season for the club, says he is “100% fit” after recovering from repeated calf injuries.
Real Madrid “BBC” force is also ready, and Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will play the match after injuries.
Ronaldo missed Saturday’s 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano with a thigh injury, and fellow forward Benzema limped off in the first half of the game.
Coach Zinedine Zidane said: “They are absolutely fine at the moment, they have recovered really well.
I think they will be fine, 100%. But we will test them. The idea is they’ll play
Manchester City will be the first time that they have reached the semi-final stage, and in Real Madrid, they have an opponent who couldn’t be more experienced in the competition.
In contrast to Manchester City, this is Real Madrid’s sixth successive Champions League semi-final.
However, the Spanish giants have only gone on to reach one final in that period, coming in the 2013/14 season when they went on to win the competition and claim the much coveted ‘La Decima’ – their tenth European Cup victory.
Real Madrid is arguably the most favorable tie for City. Because of all world-class players , they have a soft underbelly which is fairly easy to breach, and City have the attacking prowess to expose the holes that the away side will undoubtedly leave at the back.
Manchester City and Real Madrid’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 2012-13 Champions League group stages. Real Madrid won 3-2 at the Bernabeu before a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium.
For the sixth time in a row, Real Madrid will play the first-leg of a Champions League knockout tie away from home.