Manchester City and Real Madrid both look to be going with slightly conservative 4-3-3 setups for their massive Champions League clash, with Michael Essien getting a surprise start over Luka Modric and Mesut Özil for Los Merengues. Manchester City have handed a start to 19-year-old starlet Matija Nastasic in central defense. City could conceivably shift Javi Garcia into a back three and play some variation of 3-4-3 as well. In this respect, anyone's listed formation for City is simply a guess.
Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local time from the Santiago Bernabeu. You can catch the game on FOX Soccer in the U.S., ITV 1 in the U.K. and Sportsnet regional networks in Canada.
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