Manchester City, the bottom club in Champions League Group D, are hoping for a miracle when they play Real Madrid next Wednesday. The visit of José Mourinho's team has generated a wave of expectation, with the club announcing that all tickets have been sold for the game. It is the first time City have sold out a Champions League game this season.
The cheapest ticket for the game costs 44 euros, while the most expensive is priced at 54 euros. Tickets went on sale last week, with Real Madrid receiving 5% of the capacity of the Etihad stadium, a total of 2,400 tickets.
'Los Blancos', second in the Group with seven points, will be looking for a win in Manchester so they can keep the pressure on leaders Borussia Dortmund. Madrid want to finish top of the Group in order to get an easier draw in the second round, but a point against Roberto Mancini's men could be enough to guarantee qualification, depending on the result from Borussia Dortmund's game with Ajax. City's situation is much more desperate, however, and a win on the night is the only result that will give them a chance of qualifying for the last 16.
A last minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid all three points in the first game with City at the Santiago Bernabéu in September, despite the visitors taking the lead on two occasions in the second half. The goal will long be remembered for Mourinho's emphatic celebration, when the Portuguese slid in his knees in elation, while the goal turned out to be decisive for the respective fates of both teams in the competition, with Madrid on the verge of qualification and City on the verge of being knocked out.