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When: Tuesday, September 18 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Group: Group D
The champions of England travel to take on the champions of Spain in what is easily the most exciting and fascinating matchup on Tuesday's Champions League slate. Both clubs enter this fixture seeking to gain some confidence and momentum, and to get the winning feeling back in their club again.
Madrid have started La Liga season in terrible fashion, whilst City have also dropped points in two matches so far this year. And with their away form questionable at best, the Citizens will be hard-pressed to earn a victory at the Bernabeu.
Jose Mourinho—love him, hate him or simply don't understand him—is a world-class manager and can get the best out of his team on the biggest stages. I think this is the match that Madrid comes good, with their defense simply smothering City's attack and forcing them to defend the entire match. And with the talent that they have in their squad, it's hard not to see Real Madrid finding the back of the net—even with the defensive strength of Manchester City.
The Spanish giants could send a statement here that they are still definitely contenders in both the Spanish and European competitions this season. A big win over Manchester City would do exactly that.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3, Manchester City 0
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