The Champions League is finally back and the first round of fixtures should throw up some pretty interesting moments.

Perhaps the biggest tie of the round comes from the Bernabeu, wehre champions of England Manchester City take on champions of Spain Real Madrid. Both have been drawn in the 'Group of Death' alongside Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, both teams will be desperate to get their campaigns up and running with a bang.

But where will this tie be won and lost? GMF looks into the key battle of the game using an old school-boy favourite...

Real Madrid v Manchester City

Cristiano Ronaldo 35-33 David Silva

 

Both men are crucial to their team and can make the difference, but Ronaldo's all-round game just gives him the edge.

Xabi Alonso 33-32 Yaya Toure

 

Alonso will look to control the tempo of the game from midfield while Toure will hope to drive City forward - but it is the Spaniard's passing ability that gives him the advantage.

Karim Benzema 32-33 Vincent Kompany

 

A close battle but Vincent Kompany is in the form of his life as Manchester City captain while Karim Benzema has stuttered of late, and could even miss out to Gonzalo Higuain. Either way, the Belgian will be confident of shackling his man.

Sergio Ramos 32-33 Sergio Aguero

 

Sergio Aguero goes into the game off the back of a lengthy lay-off and woon't be up to full speed, but he'll be confident of getting the better of Ramos who has improved defensively in recent years.

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