Éder Militão is Carlo Ancelotti’s trusted man when it comes to Real Madrid’s defence and reports indicate the Brazilian international will keep his starting place.
In the first leg, we saw David Alaba and Antonio Rüdiger form a partnership which received plenty of plaudits for the way they defended, especially the latter’s performance directly against Manchester City’s 51 goal man, Erling Haaland.
However, Militão is set to start in the second leg as reported by Relevo. The report states that the defender is the leader of Ancelotti’s defence and has the confidence of his team-mates.
The Brazilian has had an incredible season, to say the least. There is no doubt that he has been Real Madrid’s best defender this season.
However, in recent games, his form has dropped, it has been evident. Even then, players of his quality are known to rise on the biggest occasions, therefore Ancelotti’s expected decision comes with no surprise.
The question remains whether he will take the place of David Alaba or Antonio Rüdiger. But, RadioMARCA’s recent report that Camavinga will return to the midfield for the second leg vs Manchester City leaves open the option that all three of the defenders could start in six days’s time at the Etihad.
Ferland Mendy’s status for the return leg vs Manchester City is still unknown, but updates on this are expected later this week.