The Spanish champions track 2-1 with their first leg, giving them a mountain to climb when they travel to England.

Manchester City won’t have their fans and that might help Real Madrid

Casemiro hopes that playing behind closed doors at Manchester City can help Real Madrid overcome the deficit in the first leg to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals. The Spanish champions track 2-1 with their first leg, giving them a mountain to climb when they travel to England. “Without the fans, it’s a different game,” Casemiro told journalists. “It will be a perfect game and challenging for both sides, but we are Real Madrid, and we know we have a chance to get through. They won’t have their fans, and that might help us a little. But the players are the same, the coach is the same. So we all know the difficulty level will be the same because they are a great team.”

Much has been said about Gareth Bale’s position at Madrid over the past year. But despite the criticism, the Welshman has received, Casemiro insists he is working fine. “He’s working, Casemiro said, “he knows it’s not the best time in his career, but he has our support, the coach, and the club. He is essential for us, he can surprise us at any time, and he has already shown that. He is a decisive player who scores goals in the Champions League finals. We must be honest and say that he is not in his best condition, but when he is incredible and one of the three best in the world. I have a lot of love for him, so I try to take care of him as much as possible.”