Gareth Bale Left Out Of Real Marid's UEFA Champions League

Ross Houston
August 5, 2020

Real Madrid went through another session in preparation for the Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Manchester City (Friday, August 7, 9pm CEST).

Zidane led the session at Real Madrid City, which started with physical work.

He added: "Without Cristiano, Madrid know what they have lost, but maybe not what they could have won if he was still there". "Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a huge loss to the Real defence and I think City will score".

"Real will target their centre halves, and it is a worry that this season every other "big six" club beat City, and Wolves defeated them twice. This shows Guardiola's team can struggle to keep the best sides out".

The Welshman has a contract until 2022 and was set to make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League a year ago before the transfer was scuttled when Real made a last-minute decision to insist on a transfer fee rather than terminate his contract.

"Yet my money is still on City".

Players and football staff from each participating club must be tested for COVID-19 prior to their departure for Portugal - the first game is scheduled for August 12 between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain at Benfica's Estadio da Luz - and they will also be tested the day before each game, with results due to be returned no later than six hours before kick-off on a matchday.

"Back then, they had Cristiano, who's a goal machine".

"They lost the first game at home, at the Bernabéu 2-1, and it will be very hard with the fans, with Manchester, the city, the time".

"It was the first time I've seen Guardiola play like that and I've a feeling he'll do the same at the Etihad".

The Champions League quarterfinals will be played as single-leg ties in neutral Kosovo, which will also host the semi-finals.

UEFA have made a medical protocol for the teams that make the last eight of the Champions League, which will take place in Portugal later this month.

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