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Real Madrid vs Manchester City takes place on Wednesday in a do or die match for the English champions. Real Madrid have not yet secured their place in the next stage of the competition and will be going all out for the win. The game kicks off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Manchester City have had a terrible Champions League season, and have still not win a match in their first four games in the group stages. Two losses and two draws leave them bottom of the table with four points and on the verge of another early exit.
That will be hugely disappointing for the team and City manager Roberto Mancini, who can only cite the team's inexperience in Europe for so long. They finally managed to win the English Premier League from arch rivals Manchester United last season to show they have the quality and depth in their squad to take on the top teams, however, they have struggled to convert that quality and consistency into the Champions League.
For City, defender Gael Clichy is out, and striker Mario Balotelli is also doubtful with a back problem. Micah Richards is a third big name to miss out on this vitally important fixture due to a knee injury.
However, in good news for City, midfielder James Milner is expected to return following a hamstring strain.
Even if City do win their last two games in the group it still may not be enough, but if they do manage to beat both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund they could progress, or at least be eliminated with their heads held high.
"It is very difficult, but we will do what we can," said City manager Roberto Mancini ahead of the game.
Milner has also said: "It's unlikely as it is that we will go through, we want to win our remaining two games and give ourselves at least half a chance. And if that's not good enough, at least we can finish with our heads held high," according to BBC Sport.
Real Madrid are in top form right now and smashed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 at the weekend. Striker Karim Benzema is on fire and will surely trouble the Man. City defense tonight.
This match will also mark Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho's 100th game in charge in the Champions League, making him only the fifth manager to ever reach that mark, and also making him the youngest of those five to hit that milestone.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid kicks off at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.