Manchester City can enter into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a positive case found in Real Madrid’s camp.
Real Madrid can see the end of their Champions League journey this season without playing the second leg of the round of 16, as a Coronavirus case has been reported in the squad just a week before the clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Real Madrid’s website released a statement revealing that Mariano Diaz has been tested positive for Coronavirus during the usual tests ahead of the Champions League travel.
“After the COVID-19 tests carried out individually on our first football team yesterday by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano has given a positive result. The player is in perfect health and complying with the sanitary isolation protocol at home.”
Mariano medical report.#RealMadrid
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) July 28, 2020
Manchester City Vs Real Madrid 2nd leg in jeopardy?
UEFA has a big decision to make after this update and if they continue to go further with the tournament they might have to deal with the government in England.
So far, the English government exempted Real Madrid’s contingent to go through a 15-day quarantined protocol upon arrival, but since Diaz is expected to be in contact with other Real Madrid players, this exception is now in jeopardy.
Manchester City won the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu by 2-1 giving a 2 away-goal advantage to the visitors. It looked like the tie is over for Real Madrid, and had been a cakewalk for Manchester City if the lockdown didn’t suspend the league.
Since the restart of all football activities, Real Madrid has been carrying a phenomenal form, leading them to win La Liga title and could defeat Pep Guardiola’s side on current form.
Moreover, the probable unavailability of Sergio Aguero also poses troubles for the Premier League runner-ups and if UEFA disallows Real Madrid to participate further, it will be a dishonourable win but will give satisfaction at the same time.