Real Madrid will train at Etihad Stadium ahead of Manchester United clash
Ground of United's rivals Manchester City will be used by Jose Mourinho's squad
Friday 01 March 2013
Real Madrid have taken the unusual step of confirming they will hold their training session ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash Manchester United at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.
It is part of tournament regulations that competing teams must make part of their pre-match session open to the media.
Almost always, that takes place at either the ground where the game is being played, or on home soil prior to departure, as has been the case with both United and City this season.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Real would remain in Spain for their final preparations.
However, those plans have now been altered.
But instead of using Old Trafford as their training venue, manager Jose Mourinho has chosen the Etihad Stadium instead.
No explanation has been offered for why Real are choosing to train at City.
However, Mourinho, like Ferguson, is wary of his training sessions being spied on, either by the media or those with connections to his opponents.
And it seems the former Chelsea boss has decided it is safer to train at City rather than United as they look to claim a quarter-final berth following the 1-1 draw in Spain last month.
Real warmed up with a brilliant 3-1 win against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday and face the Catalans once more, this time on home soil, in La Liga tomorrow.
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli scored as many goals for AC Milan on second debut as he did for Liverpool in the Premier League last season
Cyprus vs Wales match report: Gareth Bale's bullet header has Welsh on brink of Euro 2016
Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager has four Guinness World records hanging in his office
Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I place discipline above all else and it might have cost us several titles...' but Manchester United boss wouldn't change it
Manchester United will pay Monaco £7.2m extra if Anthony Martial scores 25 goals in four years as deal could rise to incredible £58m
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 5 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees