Thirteen-time European champions Real Madrid face a tough task against Manchester City and old rival Josep Guardiola.
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Thirteen-time European champions Real Madrid take on a Manchester City side seeking their first title in one of the heavyweight contests of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League round of 16.
• While Madrid are the most successful side in European Cup history, and have reached four of the last six finals, City have reached the semi-finals only once before, in 2015/16 – losing to Madrid as the Spanish club went on to claim their 11th title.
• This season, however, the English champions qualified as the unbeaten winners of Group C, while Madrid had to be content with second place in Group A.
• There was only one goal in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League semi-final between the clubs. After the first game in Manchester ended scoreless, a 20th-minute own goal from City's Fernando at the Santiago Bernabéu proved enough to take Madrid into the final, where they beat neighbours Atlético on penalties.
• The sides' only other competitive fixtures came in the 2012/13 group stage, when Madrid twice came from behind to win 3-2 in Spain on Matchday 1. City led twice through Edin Džeko (68) and Aleksandar Kolarov (85) but Madrid responded through Marcelo (76) and Karim Benzema (87) before Cristiano Ronaldo snatched a 90th-minute victory.
• It was 1-1 in Manchester, Sergio Agüero's penalty cancelling out Benzema's tenth-minute strike. Madrid ended with ten men as Álvaro Arbeloa collected a second yellow card in fouling Agüero to concede that spot kick.
• Those four points helped José Mourinho's Madrid finish second in Group D, behind Borussia Dortmund; City, then managed by Roberto Mancini, ended bottom with three points having not won a game.
• Zinédine Zidane's side picked up 11 points in this season's group stage, finishing second in Group B behind Paris Saint-Germain, who beat the Spanish side 3-0 in France on Matchday 1. Club Brugge then established a surprise 2-0 lead at the Bernabéu in the second round of fixtures, but Madrid fought back for a 2-2 draw before beating Galatasaray away (1-0) and home (6-0). They conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 against Paris in their penultimate match, but rounded off their campaign with a 3-1 win at Club Brugge, who finished third, eight points behind Madrid.
• Rodrygo's hat-trick against Galatasaray on Matchday 4 was the 12th scored by a Real Madrid player in the competition, one fewer than record holders Barcelona. At 18 years 301 days, he became the second youngest UEFA Champions League hat-trick scorer after former Madrid striker Raúl González, who was aged 18 years 113 days when he scored his only treble against Ferencváros in 1995/96.
• Madrid have won only three of their last nine European Bernabéu fixtures (D3 L3) – although they have been beaten in only four of their last 49 UEFA Champions League home matches (W37).
• Madrid have now finished second in their group three times in four seasons.
• Last season Madrid did win their section but a team then coached by Santiago Solari won 2-1 at Ajax in the round of 16 first leg only to bow out 5-3 on aggregate after a 4-1 home defeat.
• Last season was the first since 2009/10 in which Madrid failed to reach the semi-finals or better. Their round of 16 record is W9 L7; they lost at this stage for six years in succession between 2005 and 2010 but had won eight ties in a row before losing to Ajax.
• This is the 13-time champions' 50th European Cup campaign, more than any other side.
• Third in Spain in 2018/19, this is Madrid's 24th UEFA Champions League campaign – a joint record along with Barcelona. They have qualified for the knockout rounds in all of their 24 seasons, also a competition best.
• Madrid's record in two-legged knockout ties against English clubs is W8 L4; they have won their last three such contests, most recently that 2016 success against City.
• Madrid's last game against an English club was a 3-1 defeat of Liverpool in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv, substitute Gareth Bale finding the net twice – including a stunning overhead effort – after Karim Benzema had opened the scoring.
• The Merengues' last home game against an English club was a 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the 2017/18 group stage. A 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture ended Madrid's 12-game unbeaten run against Premier League sides (W8 D4) and was their first loss to English opposition since a 4-0 reverse at Liverpool in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg – their record UEFA Champions League defeat.
• Madrid's home record against English clubs is W8 D6 L2.
• City picked up 14 points in Group C to finish seven clear at the top, winning their first three games – at Shakhtar Donetsk (3-0) and at home to Dinamo Zagreb (2-0) and Atalanta (5-1) – before their four-game winning streak in the UEFA Champions League ended with a 1-1 draw in Italy. City were then also held 1-1 at home by Shakhtar on Matchday 5 but finished the section with a 4-1 success at Dinamo.
• City have scored 30 goals in their last ten UEFA Champions League matches; since losing at home to Lyon on Matchday 1 last season (1-2) their record is W11 D3 L1 with 45 goals scored and 14 conceded.
• This is the Citizens' ninth UEFA Champions League campaign and their seventh successive round of 16 appearance.
• In 2018/19, City brushed aside Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in the last 16, winning 3-2 in Germany and 7-0 at home – their record victory in UEFA club competition. That made City's last-16 aggregate record W3 L3, with wins in their last two ties.
• For the second year running City lost to English opposition in the quarter-finals in 2018/19, Tottenham eliminating them on away goals after a dramatic 4-4 aggregate draw (0-1 a, 4-3 h). Having also gone out to Liverpool in 2017/18 (0-3 a, 1-2 h), City have not lost a two-legged knockout tie to a non-English club since going out on away goals to Monaco in the 2016/17 round of 16 (5-3 h, 1-3 a).
• City's record against Spanish clubs in two-legged knockout ties is W1 L4, with defeats in each of the last four. They have twice lost to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, in both 2013/14 (1-4 aggregate) and 2014/15 (1-3).
• The Manchester club have never won a knockout game away to a Spanish club in UEFA competition (D1 L4); home and away, a 3-0 home victory against Athletic Club in the 1969/70 European Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg is their only win (D3 L6).
• City's last trip to Spain brought a 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage, their heaviest defeat in UEFA competition. They have won only twice in their ten visits to Spain (D1 L7).
• Josep Guardiola's side have won 12 of their last 21 European matches, home and away, losing six. Away from home it is six wins in ten matches (D2 L2), both defeats coming in England; the last game they lost abroad was at Shakhtar (1-2) on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.
• Champions of England for the second season running and sixth overall – four of those titles having come in the last eight years – City also lifted the FA Cup and League Cup in 2018/19, becoming the first English club to win all three domestic trophies in one season.
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• Brahim Díaz made five appearances, all as a substitute, in City's victorious 2017/18 Premier League campaign. He joined the Manchester club in 2013 and also made three UEFA Champions League appearances in 2017/18 before signing for Madrid in January 2019.
• Between 2008 and 2012, Guardiola amassed 14 trophies as Barcelona coach, including the UEFA Champions League in 2009 and 2011 – beating Madrid in the semi-finals in the latter campaign – and three successive Liga titles (2009–11). Guardiola met Madrid 15 times as Barcelona coach (W9 D4 L2) and outscored the Merengues 33-15. In his playing days, Guardiola's Liga record against Madrid was P14 W6 D5 L3.
• Guardiola's Bayern München side lost 5-0 on aggregate to Madrid (0-1 a, 0-4 h) in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
• Have also played in England:
Luka Modrić (Tottenham 2008–12)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham 2007–13)
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea 2014–18)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea 2012–19)
• Have played in Spain:
Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad 2006–14, Barcelona 2014–16)
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club 2012–18)
Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia 2014/15)
Rodri (Villarreal 2016–18, Atlético Madrid 2018/19)
David Silva (Valencia 2000–10, Eibar 2004/05 (loan), Celta Vigo 2005/06 (loan))
Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid 2006–11)
• International team-mates:
Éder Militão, Rodrygo, Vinícius Júnior, Marcelo, Casemiro & Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho (Brazil)
Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois & Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
Alphonse Areola, Raphäel Varane, Ferland Mendy & Benjamin Mendy (France)
Toni Kroos & Leroy Sané, İlkay Gündoğan (Germany)
Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Marco Asensio & Rodri (Spain)
• Raheem Sterling scored twice as England won 3-2 against a Spain side containing Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Marco Asensio – with Rodri an unused substitute – in the UEFA Nations League in October 2018. Ramos was on target for the home side.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Marco Asensio
Out: Álvaro Odriozola (Bayern, loan), Manu Hernando (Racing, loan), Pedro Ruiz
• Eden Hazard's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th.
• Madrid drew their first three Liga games after Matchday 6 but won the next five before a 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on 16 February.
• On Saturday Madrid went down 1-0 at Levante to lose the leadership of the Liga; they are now two points behind Barcelona.
• That ended a 15-match unbeaten Liga run for Zinédine Zidane's side (W10 D5), since a 1-0 loss at Mallorca on 19 October.
• That defeat at Mallorca was Madrid's only other league reverse of the season (W15 D8).
• Madrid lost 4-3 at home to Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on 6 February to bow out of the competition.
• That defeat ended Madrid's 14-match unbeaten home run in all competitions (W9 D5) and is their only reverse at the Bernabéu this season.
• On 12 January Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup for the 11th time, defeating Atlético Madrid 4-1 on penalties after a goalless draw. The Merengues had beaten Valencia 3-1 in the semi-final.
• Marco Asensio remains on the sidelines having ruptured knee ligaments in a pre-season friendly against Arsenal on 24 July.
• Hazard made his comeback from an ankle problem against Celta having not played since the 2-2 draw against Paris on 26 November. However, he was taken off midway through the second half against Levante on Saturday and has subsequently been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
Out: Angeliño (Leipzig, loan), Ian Poveda (Leeds)
• İlkay Gündoğan's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th.
• City's record since Matchday 6 in all competitions is W12 D1 L3. They were 1-0 winners at Leicester on Saturday.
• Josep Guardiola's side have lost six Premier League games this season, two more than in the whole of 2018/19.
• The 1-0 win at Sheffield United on 21 January was only City's second clean sheet in ten matches, the other being at home to the same opponents on 29 December (2-0); they have kept three in five since.
• City lost at home to Manchester United in the English League Cup semi-final second leg (0-1) on 29 January and at Tottenham in the Premier League four days later (0-2); it was the first time they had suffered successive defeats since December 2018 and the first time they had failed to score in two games in a row since March 2016.
• Despite that defeat to United, City won their League Cup semi-final 3-2 on aggregate and will play Aston Villa in the final at Wembley on 1 March. City are aiming to win the trophy for the third year in a row and the seventh overall; this is their fifth final in seven years with victories in each of their last four.
• FA Cup holders City will travel to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday in this season's last 16 on 4 March, having recorded home wins against fourth-tier Port Vale (4-1) and Championship side Fulham (4-0) so far in this season's competition.
• The 2-0 home win against West Ham on 19 February was Aymeric Laporte's 50th Premier League appearance and 43rd victory, a new competition record, surpassing the 42 wins of club-mate Ederson and former Chelsea pair Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba by the same stage.
• Rodri completed 178 of his 188 attempted passes against West Ham, both the highest totals in the Premier League since 2003/04.
• Kevin De Bruyne has provided 16 assists in this season's Premier League – the most in the division – with Riyad Mahrez third on eight and David Silva joint fourth on seven.
• Laporte damaged the cartilage and lateral meniscus in his right knee during a 4-0 home win against Brighton on 31 August; he returned to action on 21 January.
• Raheem Sterling has not played since 2 February due to a hamstring injury.
• David Silva limped off late on in the win against West Ham and was an unused substitute at Leicester.
• Leroy Sané has not played since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee during the FA Community Shield against Liverpool on 4 August.
• On 28 January Fernandinho signed a new one-year contract, keeping him at City until summer 2021.
Official UEFA Champions League Man of the Match award introduced
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