MANCHESTER -- This is the biggest match of the season for both teams. Manchester City have been out of contention for the Premier League title for the last couple of months and even though Real Madrid are back in the race for La Liga, the Champions League should be the club's priority given how hard it will be to see both Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona dropping points in the last three games of the season.
That thing said, both City and Madrid have a healthy roster other than Yaya Toure -- who would not be starting anyway --, so Zinedine Zidane and Manuel Pellegrini will have plenty of options to choose from and to change the course of the game if needed.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have recovered in time for this game and if Zidane's words in the pre-match press conference are accurate, both will be "100% ready," something that increases Madrid's chances of scoring a very valuable away goal.
Manchester City Projected XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Slva, De Bruyne, Agüero.
Real Madrid Projected XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.