Champions League: Why Manchester City Has The Edge Over Real Madrid

Zidane and Pellegrini
Zinedine Zidane, left, and Manuel Pellegrini go head-to-head in Champions League semi-final. Real has a poor record in Champions League semi-final first legs. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

It may be the first time Manchester City has reached the last four of the Champions League, but history says Manuel Pellegrini's side may have the edge over Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Spanish Galacticos' recent record in the first leg of European semi-finals is far from covered in glory, having lost four of its last five ties.

While the fixture on Tuesday will mark Real's sixth consecutive appearance in the Champions League last four, only once has the club progressed to the final.

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It may be the first time Manchester City has reached the last four of the Champions League, but history says Manuel Pellegrini's side may have the edge over Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Spanish Galacticos' recent record in the first leg of European semi-finals is far from covered in glory, having lost four of its last five ties.

While the fixture on Tuesday will mark Real's sixth consecutive appearance in the Champions League last four, only once has the club progressed to the final.

This was when then-manager Carlo Ancelotti guided Real past Bayern Munich in 2014 in the semi-final after a 1-0 win in the first-leg. That was followed by the celebrated victory in the final against Madrid rivals, Atletico, to secure La Decima, the club's 10th European trophy.

Otherwise, Real has crashed out at this stage having entered the second leg with a deficit.

In 2015, a 2-1 defeat to Juventus saw the holders eventually eliminated, while four goals from Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski put the tie out of Los Blancos' reach two years earlier. Dortmund went through 4-3 on aggregate.

In the two seasons before that, Real was eliminated by Bayern Munich, in 2012, following a 2-1 first leg defeat, and Spanish rivals Barcelona, in 2011, after losing 2-0 in the opening leg.

Pellegrini and Manchester City should take note of Real's record, as Tuesday's fixture looks pivotal in which club progresses to the final in Milan on May 28—if history is anything to go by, anyway.guided Real past Bayern Munich in 2014 in the semi-final after a 1-0 win in the first-leg. That was followed by the celebrated victory in the final against Madrid rivals, Atletico, to secure La Decima, the club's 10th European trophy .

Otherwise, Real has crashed out at this stage having entered the second leg with a deficit.

In 2015, a 2-1 defeat to Juventus saw the holders eventually eliminated, while four goals from Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski put the tie out of Los Blancos' reach two years earlier. Dortmund went through 4-3 on aggregate.

In the two seasons before that, Real was eliminated by Bayern Munich, in 2012, following a 2-1 first leg defeat, and Spanish rivals Barcelona, in 2011, after losing 2-0 in the opening leg.

Pellegrini and Manchester City should take note of Real's record, as Tuesday's fixture looks pivotal in which club progresses to the final in Milan on May 28—if history is anything to go by, anyway.