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Real Madrid team STRANDED outside Manchester airport ahead of Man City game

Nasir Jabbar

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Real Madrid team STRANDED outside Manchester airport ahead of Man City game

Real Madrid stars were left STRANDED outside Manchester airport ahead of their crunch Champions League showdown against Manchester City.

The La Liga giants face the Premier League leaders in tonight's semi-final second leg match, with the winners in line to meet Inter Milan.

The tie is evenly balanced following last week's thrilling affair as they played out a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Vinicius Junior opened the scoring in sensational style, with Kevin De Bruyne equalising with a tremendous hit from distance.

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But preparations have been less than ideal for Carlo Ancelotti's team as they were stranded outside Terminal 2 at Manchester airport, according to The Mirror.

Real Madrid players train at the Etihad. Image: Alamy
Real Madrid players train at the Etihad. Image: Alamy

Upon arriving in England, the squad were left stunned when their bus failed to pick them up on time. It's believed the team were waiting outside Terminal 2 for around 40 minutes. They were eventually shuttled to the Hyatt Regency hotel to continue with their pre-match build-up.

Naturally, Ancelotti wasn't impressed as he stood outside the terminal doors waiting for the bus to transport them to the hotel.

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Speaking ahead of the blockbuster match, Pep Guardiola complained about the scheduling as he bemoaned having to play on the Sunday.

"I can’t understand it but I’m not going to fight it anymore. I don’t understand it but we have to adapt," he said.

"The schedules, it is what it is. It’s not frustrating it is what it is, how many times can I comment on that?"

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The veteran Italian manager agreed with his opposite number's gripe, saying: "Guardiola is right... he’s right. Maybe it would’ve been better for them to play on Saturday, I mean as we’ve just done. It’s the same with us, having the semi-final on Tuesday... I don’t know."

Real will be looking to win back-to-back Champions League titles and their 15th in their history, while the Blues will be hoping to win their first 'Big Ears' trophy.

Featured Image Credit: ZENPIX LTD

Topics: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Football

Nasir Jabbar
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