Rafael Benitez warns Man City about three Real Madrid stars ahead of semi-final

Rafael Benitez has singled out three Real Madrid stars who can cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League semi-final clash.

City face Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, looking for revenge after Real Madrid knocked them out of the semi-finals last season.

Real Madrid went on to win the Champions League following that victory, beating fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the final.

City, meanwhile, have never won the Champions League – the tournament Pep Guardiola was tasked with winning when he arrived at the Etihad in 2016.

The Premier League leaders, who have reached this season’s FA Cup final, are looking to secure a historic treble but the Real Madrid clash is a huge hurdle.

Benitez has now revealed which players City should be worried about as he told The Times: ‘There is the threat of Vinicius Jr.

‘[He] scored in the first leg of last year’s semi-final at the Etihad Stadium, who is trying to run into the space on the right of City’s backline.

‘Previously, City could pass and pass and if that did not work, they did not really have the option of a cross.

‘This season if they cannot find a penetrating pass, or a ball from the edge of the box, they can play a cross.’

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