Casemiro: Facing Man City without fans can benefit Real Madrid

Madrid travel to Etihad Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Pep Guardiola’s City on Friday, having lost the opener 2-1 prior to the coronavirus-enforced break.

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne condemned Madrid – who had captain Sergio Ramos sent off in the Spanish capital – to defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu in February.

Madrid have a mountain to climb in Manchester, but star Casemiro believes Zinedine Zidane’s side can benefit from playing without fans on the road.

“Without fans it’s a different game,” Brazil international Casemiro told Esporte Interactivo.

“It will be a very good game and difficult for both sides, but we’re Real Madrid and we know we have a chance to go through.

“They won’t have their fans and that might favour us a little.

“But the players are the same, the coach is the same and we all know that the difficulty level will be the same because they’re a great team.”

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