After a goal-filled first leg in England, Real Madrid and Man City are back at it in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, with the Premier League giants leading 4-3 on aggregate.
This tie could easily go either way in the return fixture, but Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to see one specific thing from his side as they look to make the showpiece in Paris.
“In these games we've scored a lot of goals — three against PSG, five against Chelsea, three against Manchester City. Sometimes you have to take risks, and we have the quality to take risks.”
Real Madrid has been extremely vulnerable at the back throughout the UCL campaign, allowing a total of 95 shots between five games against City, Chelsea, and PSG. At the Bernabeu, they've looked even shakier defensively. Nevertheless, Ancelotti isn't about to change his outlook because he knows how lethal this frontline is.
Karim Benzema is truly in the form of his life, already scoring 14 goals in Europe, including a brace last week at the Etihad. Vinicius Junior also bagged an impressive solo goal against City. These two are a fantastic duo up top for Real Madrid and capable of creating havoc amongst the best backlines in the world.
That being said, Los Blancos must do a better job at limiting the damage. City's attack is one of the best around as well and although Madrid managed to fight their way back into the tie in the first leg, conceding too many goals will put them in a hole, no matter how good Benzema and Vinicius Junior are. Unfortunately, David Alaba is unavailable for Wednesday's match due to injury, leaving Real Madrid without a key defensive figure.