After a hard-fought win against Leeds which took them 4 points clear at the top of the table, City now turn their attention towards the mighty challenge of Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola clearly had one eye on the Madrid game in the weekend, as he rested most of his preferred starting XI in the game against Leeds. The first leg of the Champions League tie will be played at the Santiago Bernabéu, on Tuesday 8 PM (BST); the game will be refereed by the Portuguese Artur Dias.
Artur Dias will take charge of a game involving City for the second time this season, with his previous refereeing appearance coming in a 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen in the group stages of the Champions League. The 43-year-old sent off City's Spanish Left-back Sergio Gomez in that match, as he issued a straight red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity, as well as disallowing a Rodri screamer for hand-ball via VAR, Dias also awarded a spot kick for the Blues prior to the sending-off, which was eventually missed by Riyad Mahrez.
This will be the Portuguese's fourth game in charge of a City game, with the blues winning two of the previous three under his watch. Dias is the youngest Portuguese FIFA referee ever and has taken charge of three previous games in the Champions League this season, where he has awarded two penalties and a red card in each.
Referee: Artur Dias
Assistants: Paulo Soares & Pedro Ribeiro
Fourth Official: Daniele Orsato
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati
Assistant VAR: Tiago Martins
Written by: @adwitya16
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