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BAD NEWS for Manchester City as key Real Madrid player gets Champions League start

Cristiano Ronaldo is back, and that can only spell bad things for Manchester City as Real Madrid host the Premier League giants at the Bernabeu in the second-and-final leg of the Champions League Semi-Finals.

Ronaldo will be joined in Zinedine Zidane’s 4-3-3 formation up front by Gareth Bale and Jese, who will be replacing the injured Karim Benzema.

The Real Madrid scoring machine was not featured in last week’s scoreless draw at the Etihad due to a leg injury. Ronaldo is by leading scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals this campaign.

While the La Liga giants must win the game to secure a trip to the Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid, they have yet to lose a match at home during the tournament.

Manchester City were fortunate enough to make it to the Semi-Finals in the first place, upsetting Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad last month on a 3-2 aggregate. Real Madrid, meanwhile, overcame a 2-0 aggregate deficit to Wolfsburg by winning 3-0 at the Bernabeu in their last Champions League home match.

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