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Champions League Semi-Finals, Second Leg: Man City to win it, or lose it all!

markos channa May 12, 2023

90 minutes of world class football. Two thunderous strikes. Manchester City started stronger, but Real Madrid broke the deadlock. The citizens made them… pay, equalizing at a time that “los blancos” were playing better (1-1).

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A week later, at the “Etihad Stadium”, the tie will be decided and Pep’s team is considered a strong favorite (5/4). Have you ever witnessed a 19/5 odd in a Real Madrid’s possibility to win? Interesting, for a team that have won 14 European Cups and have played three consecutive UEFA Champions League Semi Finals! City’s gaffer said it all in a few words: “If you expect us to come here and win by six goals, it’s your problem. Madrid knows this competition more than anyone.”

On the contrary, Carlo Ancelotti was unsure if he should be happy, or gutted, however he believes that there is a receipe of success: “Defensively we were very good. Rudiger against Haaland did really well, the midfield covered really well the position in front of the defence, we managed the ball well in the second half. We are satisfied. Sometimes the result doesn’t give you credit but the performance was really good, we are happy and we are in a strong condition for the next game.”



On Tuesday, Inter Milan will have to defend their 0-2 victory on the first leg. On the other hand, AC Milan should be feeling lucky to stay in the game, after a shocking performance, especially in the first half. Rafa Leao should return in action and the “rossoneri” victory is a well paid bet (13/5).

The home team will be happy with a draw, too (47/20), returning to a Champions League Final, since 2010 against Bayern Munich. A quick brace from Dzeko and Mkhitaryan was enough for the “nerazzurri”, who have won all three Derby Della Madonnina in 2023!

It makes absolute sense that the outrights have remained pretty much the same, after the first leg. Manchester City are still the strongest favorite to win it all this year (4/6), followed by Inter Milan (3/1) Real Madrid (4/1) and AC Milan (28/1).


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