Real Madrid 0-1 Man City – Champions League quarter-final LIVE: Live score, team news and updates as Bernardo Silva gives Pep Guardiola’s holders the lead inside TWO MINUTES

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GOAL: Real Madrid 0-1 Man City (Silva)

What a start for Man City!

Real Madrid 0-0 Man City

Tchouameni is in the book after 40 seconds after chopping down Jack Grealish.

He is now ruled out of the second leg through suspension.

KICK OFF: Real Madrid 0-0 Man City

We are underway in Madrid.

Whistles greet the first Man City touches.

Time for the Champions League anthem!

Some love though between Guardiola and Ancelotti as the two coaches exhange words ahead of kick-off after the Champions League anthems play.

We are almost ready to go!

This should be a cracker!

Guardiola takes the heat as the former Barcelona coach returns to Madrid

Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan at the Bernabeu:

Some real heat for Pep Guardiola when the PA announcer read his name out.

Never going to win too many friends around here!

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The teams are in the tunnel!

Real Madrid’s fans are creating quite the atmosphere, with supporters all decked out in white.

The teams are now in the tunnel, which gives me the chance to remind you of the team news with kick-off just minutes away.

Real Madrid: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Tchouameni, Mendy, Kroos, Valverde, Camavinga, Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo.

Man City: Ortega, Akanji, Stones, Dias, Gvardiol, Rodri, Kovacic, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Haaland.

Guardiola confirms De Bruyne was forced out last minute

‘Vomiting’ was Pep Guardiola’s response when asked by TNT Sports about Kevin De Bruyne’s absence from the starting line-up.

Guardiola confirmed the Belgian had been due to start but was forced to pull out, with Kovacic coming into the team.

How did they both get here?

Sofascore have provided the numbers for Real Madrid and Man City in the Champions League this season.

Man City have been perfect in the competition so far with eight straight wins.

Pep Guardiola’s side have also scored and created more expected goals than Real Madrid in the competition this season.

Real have been conceding less goals and big chances than the defending champions.

The two main concerns for Man City…

Ian Ladyman, Mail Sport Football Editor and host of the ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ Podcast, at the Bernabeu:

Two main concerns for City as we approach kick off in Madrid.

The absence of Kevin de Bruyne – currently struggling with a sickness bug – and the way that Crystal Palace occasionally got through their midfield and on to their back four in the Premier League game at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

City won that game well by a 4-1 scoreline in the end but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Rodri and Mateo Kovacic will have to be resolute tonight.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s formidable quarter-final record

It will not surprise anyone to learn that Real Madrid’s recent quarter-final record in the Champions League is extremely impressive.

Real have progressed from their last 11 quarter-finals in the competition.

However, Man City have lost only once in their last 12 games against Spanish opposition.

The new roof is one of several new features at the Bernabeu following the stadium’s £1.5 billion face lift.

The 83,186-capacity arena now boasts a retractable pitch, 360-degree video screen, skywalk and exclusive nightclub.

Following on from Ian Ladyman’s suggestion about a pop concert, it is no surprise that Taylor Swift has two dates at the venue next month.

Wonder if Florentino Perez is kicking himself after seeing Fulham’s recent plans for a rooftop swimming pool at Craven Cottage…

Ladyman: ‘A draw here is a good result for City’

Ian Ladyman, Mail Sport Football Editor and host of the ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ Podcast, at the Bernabeu:

So the roof is closed and I must say that it feels more fitting for a pop concert than a football match. Slightly odd decision by Real Madrid, in my opinion.

Spoke to someone at Man City about it this morning and they were pretty phlegmatic about it. In truth, it shouldn’t affect what happens on the field.

City are favourites to go through and that feels right. They will miss Kyle Walker as they seek to becalm Vinicius Jnr but I wouldn’t say there was any need to panic.

A draw here is a good result for City. I can’t really see Real beating them at the Etihad.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: Merchandise is seen for sale outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Ancelotti – ‘This is a competition that has given me a lot of happiness’

Carlo Ancelotti has been speaking to Spanish broadcaster Movistar ahead of his 200th match as a coach in the Champions League.

Presuambly with one eyebrow famously raised…

‘My 200 games are not the most important thing today, but they are a lot of games,’ Ancelotti said.

‘200 games of nerves, of suffering.

‘This is a competition that has given me a lot of happiness throughout my career as a player and coach. It is still the most beautiful competition.’

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: Carlo Ancelotti, Head Coach of Real Madrid, arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Bernabeu roof closed as Real Madrid aim for hostile atmosphere

Real Madrid have succeeded in a request to UEFA to close the Bernabeu roof ahead of tonight’s match.

The Spanish giants have aimed at making the atmosphere as hostile as possible, which they hope will be enhanced by the roof closure.

The retractable roof was installed during the extensive renovations of the stadium and was used for the last-16 home tie against RB Leipzig.

Will it make a difference?

Seems like a compliment to Man City to me.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: General view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

De Bruyne named on the bench due to illness

An update from Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan in Madrid.

Will be interesting to see if De Bruyne features at all in that case.

MAN CITY TEAM NEWS: Foden starts ahead of De Bruyne as Ortega keeps his place in goal

Pep Guardiola’s team news is always fascinating.

The Man City boss restores Phil Foden to the starting line-up as expected after resting him against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Foden comes in for Kevin de Bruyne, who drops to the bench despite scoring twice against the Eagles.

Stefan Ortega keeps his place in goal with Ederson remaining on the bench.

Gvardiol is fit to start having been a doubt.

Ancelotti reaches double century in the Champions League

Carlo Ancelotti will make Champions League history this evening as he becomes the first coach to take charge of 200 matches in the competition.

The 64-year-old last year overtook Sir Alex Ferguson to be the manager with the most overall matches.

Ancelotti has won 114 of his previous 199 fixtures in the Champions League, with the Italian having lifted the famous trophy four times as a coach.

Guardiola will be taking charge of his 170th match in the competition. His record stands at 109 wins, 34 draws and 26 defeats.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 08: Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid speaks to the media during a press conference following the training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, at Valdebebas Training Ground on April 08, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Security has been heightened at all Champions League fixtures this week after an ISIS media outlet shared a post on social media with a threat towards all stadiums hosting quarter-final first legs.

Spanish and French ministers have revealed security will be stepped up with all games going ahead as planned.

Athletico Madrid and PSG will be hosting quarter-final matches tomorrow.

The Metropolitan Police have said they are ‘aware of the threat and that a ‘robust policing plan’ was in place for Arsenal’s match with Bayern Munich this evening.

Real Madrid’s team news gives me the perfect opportunity to point you in the direction of a piece by Mail Sport’s Spanish football expert Pete Jenson.

He runs the rule over Real Madrid’s team and whether the LaLiga leaders are in better or worse shape than the side thrashed by Man City last season.

Unsurprisingly Jude Bellingham’s arrival has significantly boosted Real Madrid’s midfield, but there are still areas of concern for Carlo Ancelotti.

Read more:

REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS: Tchouameni partners Rudiger at centre back

Real Madrid have been fast out of the blocks in confirming their starting eleven.

Aurelien Tchouameni looks to be starting at centre back alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Lunin continues in goal with Thibaut Courtois still absent through injury.

Rodrygo, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr will form Real Madrid’s attacking trio.

Real Madrid: Lunin; Carvajal, Tchouameni, Rudiger, Mendy; Camavinga, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Bellingham, Vinicius Jr.

With Man City remaining in the race for the Premier League title and FA Cup glory, the prospect of a double Treble remains a possibility.

Pep Guardiola has been keen to play down talk of a repeat ahead of the latest installment of their Champions League rivalry with Real Madrid.

City got the better of the Spanish giants in 2020 and last season, but Real Madrid emerged as 6-5 winners on aggregate in 2022.

The Spanish giants remarkably scored twice after the 90 minutes to force extra time, before Rodrygo completed a dramatic comeback.

Mail Sport’s Jack Gaughan takes a look at the tie ahead:

Real Madrid eye revenge against Man City

Real Madrid and Man City had played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the return fixture proved a different story.

Guardiola’s side cruised to a 4-0 win over the 14-time winners to book their place in the final.

Will Man City be able to achieve a repeat this time around as they seek to establish themselves as the dominant force in Europe.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Eder Militao of Real Madrid & his team-mates look dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2023 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Good evening!

The Champions League holders against the record 14-time winners.

It does not get much better than this.

Manchester City’s bid for back to back Champions League triumphs face Real Madrid once again.

Pep Guardiola’s side brushed aside Real Madrid in last season’s semi-finals on their march to a maiden Champions League triumph and a famous Treble.

The teams meet one round earlier this time with Real Madrid out for revenge.

It promises to be a cracker.

Stay with us for all the build-up, action and reaction from the first leg of a blockbuster Champions League quarter-final tie.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 09: The pitch arch before the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 09, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • KICK OFF: Real Madrid 0-0 Man City
  • MAN CITY TEAM NEWS: Foden starts ahead of De Bruyne as Ortega keeps his place in goal
  • Security heightened after ISIS threat
  • REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS: Tchouameni partners Rudiger at centre back
  • Good evening!

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