Pep Guardiola has confirmed Raheem Sterling is fit to face Real Madrid in the first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League last 16 tie.
The 25-year-old has missed the last two games after limping off with a hamstring injury in our 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, but has made an impressive recovery to put himself in contention for a return at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester City take on Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday (26/2/2020) in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
- Manchester City have never beaten Real Madrid – they have faced each other four times, each occasion in the Champions League, with City losing their two away games at Santiago Bernabeu and drawing the other two at the Etihad.
- Real Madrid have prevailed in their last four Champions League knockout ties against English opposition: 5-0 on aggregate v Tottenham (2010-11 quarter-finals), 3-2 v Manchester United (2012-13 last 16), 1-0 v Manchester City (2015-16 semi-finals), 3-1 v Liverpool (2017-18 final).
- Zinedine Zidane has won all 12 Champions League ties he has been involved in as Real Madrid manager (nine two-legged ties and three finals). He currently holds three Champions League trophies as manager, a joint record alongside Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti.
- Manchester City have been knocked out in each of their three previous Champions league two-legged ties against Spanish clubs: 1-4 on aggregate v Barcelona (2013-14 last 16), 1-3 v Barcelona (2014/15 last 16), 0-1 v Real Madrid (2015-16 semi-finals).
- Manager Pep Guardiola is facing Real Madrid in a Champions League knockout tie for the third time, with a third different club – he won 3-1 on aggregate with Barcelona in the 2010-11 semi-finals and he lost 5-0 on aggregate with Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 semi-finals.
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