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Manchester City's Journey in the Champions League: A Recap and Look Ahead

As Manchester City gears up for their next Champions League encounter, all eyes are on Pep Guardiola and his squad as they prepare to face formidable opponents. Ahead of the match, Guardiola, along with a member from the first-team squad, will engage with the media in a highly anticipated pre-match press conference. Scheduled for Monday, April 8th at 18:15 pm (UK time), this event promises to unveil crucial team news updates, which fans can follow live on and the official City app.

Heading into this crucial fixture, Guardiola finds himself fortunate with no suspensions looming over his squad. However, there is a cautious note regarding Ruben Dias, who risks missing the return leg at the Etihad Stadium if he accumulates a yellow card during the upcoming match. On the opposing side, Carlo Ancelotti's squad also maintains a clean disciplinary slate, yet players such as Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Vinicius Junior are walking a tightrope, each one booking away from missing the return leg.

Reflecting on past encounters, City's last visit to the Bernabeu, during last season’s Champions League semi-final first leg, remains etched in memory. Despite an early lead by Real Madrid through Vinicius Junior, City's resilience shone as Kevin De Bruyne's strike leveled the scores, setting the stage for a dramatic encounter. The return leg at the Etihad Stadium witnessed Guardiola’s side in a commanding display, securing an impressive 4-0 victory to complete a resounding 5-1 aggregate triumph.

Recapping recent performances, City's journey in the Champions League has been marked by resilience and standout moments. In their last Champions League outing against FC Copenhagen, City emerged victorious with a 3-1 win, showcasing the talents of Julian Alvarez, Manual Akanji, and Erling Haaland. Meanwhile, in league action, Kevin De Bruyne's milestone 100th goal for City served as the highlight in a thrilling 4-2 triumph against Crystal Palace.

Looking beyond City's achievements, Real Madrid, their upcoming opponents, are not to be underestimated. Their recent 2-0 victory over Athletic Club in La Liga underscores their prowess, with Rodrygo leading the charge with a brace.

As the anticipation builds for the upcoming clash, fans are eagerly awaiting Guardiola’s strategic insights and the latest updates from the press conference. With both teams poised for an intense battle on the pitch, the stage is set for another memorable chapter in Manchester City's Champions League journey.