Real boosted as Ronaldo returns for key City clash
Zinedine Zidane says it will be a “disaster” if Real Madrid cannot overcome Manchester City at the Bernebeu and book their place in yet another Champions League final.
The 10-time European Cup winners struggled to break down City in the first leg at the Eithad but will be boosted by the return of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
The forward, who is the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 16 goals, missed the first leg of the semi-final with a thigh injury but is expected to play a starring role in Madrid.
“Cristiano is fine, he is 100 per cent, he has trained and will be with us, there is no risk,” said Madrid manager Zidane. “We need to be patient and calm as they have good players, especially up front, but we’ll play our football as always.
“This will be a tougher game than the first leg because we know it will all be decided but it will be a disaster if we don’t go through.”
Madrid have yet to concede a goal at home in the Champions League this season and have scored 18 times at the Bernebeu.
Making City’s task even more difficult is the fact they will be without the injured midfield duo of David Silva and Yaya Toure.