Real Madrid to train at stadium of United’s rival

Real Madrid will prepare for its decisive Champions League match

with Manchester United by traveling a day earlier than usual and

training at the stadium of the English club’s cross-town rival

because of a planned airline strike.

Madrid will travel Sunday and train at Manchester City’s Etihad

Stadium for Tuesday’s second leg of the last-16 match at Old

Trafford because of threatened industrial action by Spanish airline


Man United held Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in


The Spanish club had originally planned to train in Madrid

before traveling Monday, two days after playing Barcelona at the

Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish league after beating its fierce

rival 3-1 last Tuesday at the Camp Nou to reach the Copa del Rey