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Pep Guardiola makes his feelings clear after UEFA grant Real Madrid unusual request for Man City clash

Pep Guardiola makes his feelings clear after UEFA grant Real Madrid unusual request for Man City clash

Real Madrid's rare request for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola has had his say on Real Madrid's stadium request being accepted ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Manchester City.

The two sides have been paired against one another in Europe's premier club competition, after producing a number of classic matches in recent times.

They met in last year's semi-final, with City prevailing 5-1 on aggregate after an incredible second leg win at the Etihad Stadium.

City then went on to finally get their hands on the Champions League trophy after beating Inter Milan 1-0 in the final in Istanbul.

Real had drawn 1-1 with City in the first leg in the Santiago Bernabeu last season but they are making a drastic change this time around.

On the eve of the game it was reported that Real made a special request to UEFA asking if they can close the roof on the ground.

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Image: Getty

The 14-time European Champions did the same in the previous round against RB Leipzig and feel as though the change can help create a special atmosphere.

It has been approved by UEFA, with many feeling as though it gives Los Blancos an advantage.

However, Pep Guardiola is unmoved by the decision and is instead looking forward to seeing the new roof.

Speaking in a pre-match presser, Guardiola said: "Santiago Bernabeu with closed roof?

"I'm curious to see it because I've never played an official game in this condition. I'm excited to see it."

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Image: Getty

The retractable roof is one of a slew of tweaks Real are making to their iconic stadium, including a 360-degree LED video screen and skybar.

The total cost of the project is believed to be £1.5 billion.

Real fans are expected to greet the players' bus arriving at the stadium, while forward Rodrygo Goes has called for supporters to wear all white and get behind the side.

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Topics: Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Champions League