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City will struggle to
steal Foxes' thunder

HARD to imagine anyone doing anything that might knock Leicester out of the airwaves but surely beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu would give the Foxes a nudge, wouldn’t it?

That’s the task facing Manchester City, though it would barely register with the non-footy types who have suddenly taken a shine to Leicester and their lovely, cuddly, funny manager (who couldn’t even beat the Faroes, but enough of that).

Man City, all big bucks and bigger egos, simply aren’t fairytale enough for Radio 4 listeners, though to be honest, they’re probably going out anyway.

Real had work to do against Wolfsburg in the last round after making a pig’s ear of the away leg and did it seriously well.

Now a slightly lesser task faces them against City – albeit better opposition than Wolfsburg – and even if they are a galactico or two light because of injuries, they will eventually wear Pellegrini’s lads down at some point.

No messing about. Real to win. Profit made. Move on. Then we can return to the far more important task of fawning over Jamie Vardy.

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Real Madrid v Man City

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  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last seven matches against English sides
Expert verdict
There was plenty of shadow boxing at the Etihad last Tuesday but the gloves could come off when Real Madrid host Man City in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu. Real were the main aggressors in Manchester despite the 0-0 draw and should reach the final at City's expense.