MANCHESTER -- Everything's set for the first leg of the Champions League Semifinals at the Etihad Stadium.
Both teams published their starting XIs and Madrid confirmed Radio Marca's report that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be starting.
Manchester City Starting XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Slva, De Bruyne, Agüero.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Vazquez, Benzema.
Karim Benzema and Bale will now be the leaders of Madrid's attack hoping to get Ronaldo back for next week's return leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. It could be crucial to score as many away goals as possible today, something that will be much harder without Ronaldo on the field.
Lucas Vazquez will replace Cristiano Ronaldo and his work will be very important to prevent City from enjoying good counterattacks when they steal the ball away from Real Madrid. Vazquez played very well against Rayo and he will be looking forward to keep that form alive.