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CITY AND MADRID CROSS FOR THE 3RD CONSECUTIVE TIME

Pep Guardiola reveals which Madrid star he fears most ahead of the Champions League

Published:16/03/2024 - 17:37h

Updated:17/03/2024 - 02:43h

Pep Guardiola is clear about Real Madrid's main threat to the Champions League quarterfinals. The Catalan coach believes that the key is to cancel Jude Bellingham, a player who has given another look to the 'merengues' since his arrival

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Real Madrid and Manchester City will go back to confront in the UEFA Champions League by third consecutive season, this time in quarter-finals. Once desvelado the crossing, Pep Guardiola left clear that, further of the last antecedent between both teams (the 5-1 global of the past season), the 'White House' account this year with a key figure that can give a lot of problems to the group 'sky blue'.

"The impact of Jude Bellingham is enormous. It is a different team to the of the past season. His influence is obvious and have to try discover what does to control it", argued Pep after the draw. Certainly, the English has been fundamental from his arrival for the 'White House', being the 'pichichi' of LaLiga (16 goals in 22 days) in spite of losing some parties by injury and sanction.

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In this sense, the one of Santpedor has clear that, further of the injuries and the irregularity showed by the Madrid in the last weeks, the ones of Carlo Ancelotti keep on being a very dangerous rival. "Confront to the Real Madrid always is a difficult challenge, anybody can deny it. It is an exceptional club and in this competition can control a lot of things with the experience that has".

Besides, it referred when can close the eliminatory home like a key factor. "Like the past season, there will be moments for them and moments for us. What more can keep our moments, more near will be. We will try to do a good performance in Madrid and afterwards here, with our people, go back to attain it", puntualizó Pep.

However, the headquarters of the eliminatory still are not confirmed to the 100 %. And it is that,p or measured of security, is very likely that UEFA decide to move one of the crosses of the Madrilenian teams (Real and Athletic) for the turn, since the Spanish capital would have to receive two very important parties in less than 24 hours. In case to decant by the City-Madrid, the turn would be in the Bernabéu and no in Manchester.

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