UCL FOLLOW LIVE: No Ronaldo! Man City looks to hold serve vs Real Madrid

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The Etihad Stadium will be at full throat for Manchester City’s first UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday.

The opposition won’t hurt the buzz, either, as City welcomes Real Madrid — sans Cristiano Ronaldo, who failed a late fitness test — to town for a 2:45 p.m. ET kickoff.

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Consider than Manuel Pellegrini had sharp words when he was dismissed by Real Madrid — remember that “10 guitarists” dig — and Tuesday has all the makings of a frenetic date in England.

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Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Mangala, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Iheanacho.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Benzema. Subs: Casilla, Varane, James Rodríguez, Kovačić, Jesé, Isco, Danilo.