Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Guardiola’s cannon against Zidane’s wall

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Manchester City and Real Madrid are only looking ahead to the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie scheduled to take place on August 7 at the Etihad stadium.

Despite losing out on the league title, the Citizens still boast an incredible goalscoring record with 102 goals to their names, making them the most prolific team in Europe this campaign.

Real Madrid secured the LaLiga Santander title based on balance and defensive solidity, beginning with Courtois and going all the way to Benzema at the forefront.

Zidane’s men have scored 70 goals but more importantly has kept them out at the other end, with Los Blancos conceding 25 goals compared to City’s 35.

City have not built their attack on the basis that they can shut teams out once they score, as is the case with Real Madrid.

Raheem Sterling was City’s top scorer in the league with 20 goals, one less than Benzema, who finished as runner up behind Messi in Pichichi trophy.

City have also had other goal scorers hitting double figure; Aguero(16), Gabriel Jesus (14), Debryune(13),and Mahrez (11).

Real Madrid have had 21 goal scorers compared to City’s 13. But the difference is that Los Blancos’ second top scorer was a defender, Sergio Ramos with 11, followed by Casemiro and Toni Kroos with four.

Real Madrid need to score and they need to keep City out. For the match, however, Zidane is hoping to have Hazard in tip-top condition, not to mention other forward options such as Vinicius and Asensio .

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And on 7 August, Guardiola’s cannon will take on Zidane’s wall in what will surely be an intriguing contest.

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