Real Madrid against Pep Guardiola

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There was always good potential for a tasty-looking clash in the Champions League last-16 round for Real Madrid and Monday’s draw did not disappoint.

Manchester City will be the opponents for Los Blancos in the knockout stages, with the first leg being played at the Santiago Bernabéu and the return match at the Etihad Stadium next year.

The return of Pep Guardiola. The man who faced so many duels at the Bernabéu with Barcelona and the man who madridistas love to hate. The two clashes will certainly be two of the matches of the round.

Madrid will fancy their chances. They’ll fancy their chances against any of the remaining teams given their current form, both domestically and on the continent. Despite a slow start, Zinedine Zidane has his men purring going into the turn of the year.

City will fancy their chances, too. Although Pep’s men have not had a god time off things in the Premier League so far this term, that only means that their attentions will turn to winning Europe’s biggest prize.

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