Carlo Ancelotti: “Antonio Rüdiger will start against Manchester City.”

Antonio Rüdiger was rested for Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Getafe on Saturday ahead of the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City on Wednesday.

The German centre-back was one of the outstanding performers in the first leg, keeping City striker Erling Haaland quiet at the Bernabéu.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference on Saturday that the defender “was tired” and he was left out to be ready for Wednesday.

“He was tired, I have rested him so he will be fresh on Wednesday. Yes, he will play, I don’t know how many minutes, but he will play. And I also say that he will start the game,” Ancelotti said in words reported by AS.

Rüdiger came into the starting eleven in the Champions League, partnering David Alaba in the centre of defence. He started due to the absence of Eder Militao, who missed out due to suspension and he performed to perfection, denying Haaland space and preventing the striker from getting on the score sheet.

Haaland was the player with the fewest touches in the match and Rüdiger will be hoping to have a similar impact in Manchester.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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