Guardiola confirms the absence of Nathan Ake in crucial Champions League tie

Manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that Manchester City will be without defender Nathan Ake when they play Real Madrid today in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final

Over the past few weeks, Ake has exercised. Late in April, the 28-year-old missed a few Premier League games, but he started playing again in the days leading up to the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Chelsea star, though, was forced to leave a game against Leeds United due to injury just a few days prior, thus he was unable to travel to Madrid for the encounter.

Guardiola has since announced that Ake will not be ready for the crucial second leg against Real Madrid, which will take place at the Etihad tomorrow night, due to his delayed recovery. Rodri, a stalwart of the midfield, is now healthy and prepared to take on Real Madrid thanks to Guardiola’s declaration.

The Spaniard had to leave Man City’s most recent Premier League match against Everton due to some physical discomfort, but the manager had promised that he would be fit for the UCL match, and it appears that he was right.

Everything is on the line going into tomorrow’s game at the Etihad since the tie is evenly matched at 1-1 following the first leg. And Guardiola maintained that in order to defeat Real Madrid, his team must put up a strong display.

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