Gareth Bale Misses Out On Real Madrid Squad For Manchester City Game

Jose Mourinho speaks with Wayne Rooney

Zidane's approach to the match will serve as an edge for Real Madrid as he knows exactly what to do even if his lineup is hindered without his star defender. He has helped the Spanish champions win the Champions League on four occasions, scoring in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, converting a penalty in the shootout against the same side in 2016 and netting twice against Liverpool, including a spectacular bicycle kick, in 2018.

Despite Madrid storming to the La Liga title, Bale made only two appearances during the 11 games after La Liga resumed, one of them from the start.

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for their Champions League last 16 second leg against Manchester City on Friday.

"Without fans it's a different game", Brazil worldwide Casemiro told Esporte Interactivo. This shows that Guardiola's team can struggle to keep the best sides out.

He has used team meetings to remind his players of perceived refereeing injustices in the three previous campaigns as extra motivation this time around. "We'll go into [the game] with hunger to win and the necessary determination". "It will be a hard game against a very good team", he added. The first leg was a top-quality game, with pressing from both teams. "It is similar to what my United did when we beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2008".

Clubs in next season's European competitions could be forced to forfeit matches if they fail to inform UEFA of travel restrictions in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to guidelines issued by European soccer's governing body.

Varane said the first game was decided by "small details" and he is aware of how important these details are in "big games".