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This Wednesday we will see the defending champions of Spain and England clash for the second time this season.
If we look at recent results at face value, it would appear that Manchester City and Real Madrid are in similar form when they square off.
Both teams managed 2-2 draws in their last Champions League match, won their next league games over tough opponents and then scored five goals this weekend.
Of course, the final scoreline does not tell the whole story.
While both teams will enter Wednesday's match feeling confident about putting up five goals over the weekend, the Spaniards will have a slight edge.
While Athletic Bilbao are a poor team this season, they are still better than relegation-battling Aston Villa.
Also, this is not the first big win for Los Merengues recently. They've scored 16 goals in their last four league matches while allowing just two goals.
In that same span, Man City have allowed just one goal, but scored only eight while also drawing against West Ham.
All is not equal in Europe
While both teams played to a 2-2 draw in their last group stage match, Madrid had to come back on one of the tournament favorites while Man City were basically outplayed by an inferior opponent.
Even beyond the latest match, though, the English champs have been very poor in Europe.
They have not been the better team in a single match and were lucky to earn a point against Borussia Dortmund.
Madrid were also outplayed by the reigning champions of Germany, but still managed a point and dominated the same Ajax team that twice proved better than Man City.
Perhaps most importantly, Madrid have the pedigree and experience to overcome these dropped points while their Wednesday opponents do not.
Concern for the English
Both teams may be in good form right now, but Real Madrid are coming off perhaps their best win of the season.
Los Merengues finally look like the team that broke so many records last season and will be feeling much more confident than Man City who know they have to beat the Spaniards to have a great shot of making it out of the group stages.
Even with Mourinho failing to rest more stars this weekend, the added pressure and great form from Madrid could spell trouble for the English come Wednesday.