As the time toward kickoff ticks down, both Real Madrid and Manchester City will be anxious to get going and cement their place in the Champions League final at Milan.The winner has the daunting task to playAtlético, who set the tone earlier by beating Bayern Munich on away goals at the Allianz Arena. A potential rematch of the 2014 Champions League lies in wait, and if Real advance,Atlético will be looking to exact revenge on their counterparts

Christiano Ronaldo back in action.

For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is back in action and fit to play, after an initial injury scare.

He reportedly underwent advanced treatment methods, similar to the ones used by tennis star Rafael Nadal, in order to rush back in time for the second leg. He'll be joined up front by Welsh wizard Gareth Bale, who has had to carry the team as of late, single-handedly destroying Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad to keep Madrid in the title race.

Bad news for Real Madrid.

The bad news for Real Madrid is that Karim Benzema has been ruled out due to his nagging hamstring injury.

The BBC will be incomplete upfront, and one of the subs will have to step up and take on the load for the injured Frenchman. Lucas Vasquez is looking like the likely favorite, after impressing Coach Zinedine Zidane in recent games.

Crushing blow.

In midfield, Real suffered another crushing blow with Brazilian keyman Casimero picking up an injury over the weekend. He's been essential in stopping opposition attackers in Zidane's team, and the defenders will certainly need to be on their best performance to make up for his absence.

Toni Kroos and LukaModrić will almost certainly keep their places in the team, and Isco is looking like the favorite over James Rodriguez to replace the Brazilian.

Pepe more likely to play.

In defense, Marcelo and Carvajal are likely to start, with Danilo showing he's not yet ready to play the important games for Real. Recent mistakes by Raphael Varane puts his selection in jeopardy, so Portuguese center back Pepe is looking more likely to play.

Captain Sergio Ramos will certainly lead the defensive line, and breakout goalie Keylor Navas will be between the stick. He has 10 clean sheets in 11 Champions League games so far, and will pray for another shutout versus Manchester City.

Real Madrid Projected Lineup: Navas, Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Carvajal, Kroos,Modrić, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Lucas Vasquez

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