The Etihad Stadium witnessed a thrilling seven-goal thriller in UEFA Champions League 1St The second leg between Real Madrid and Manchester City last week, and the second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is expected to be no less than a similar affair as the two European giants gear up for the clash.
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The 2nd Both legs will be officiated by experienced referee Daniele Orsato and his team of Italian delegates.
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The appointment of the 46-year-old Vicenza-born official is ominous for the hosts – Real Madrid – as Orsato has overseen their last two eliminations from continental competition, first against City themselves in 2019/20 in a controversial 2-1 defeat at FC Bernabeu in the first leg before losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the 2020/21 semi-finals at Stamford Bridge.
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In total, he has managed six games Los Blancos in the tournament.
The last time Orsato officiated a Champions League knockout game against Madrid was this year in the round of 16 at the Parc des Princes – a game in which Kylian Mbappe stole the show with a goal to the death. He has been a referee since 2010 and has officiated a total of 41 UCL games, including the 2020 final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Orsato will be joined by Alessandro Giallatini and Ciro Carbone as assistant referees, while Davide Massa will be the fourth official. Massimiliano Irrati and Paolo Valeri will be part of the VAR squad.
Both Madrid and City will tread cautiously as Orsato averages 4.4 yellow cards per game in the competition, sending off seven players and missing 11 penalties in the process.