Man City v Real Madrid: We’ll go for it, insists James Milner
Man City v Real Madrid: James Milner says the Citizens will "go for it" against the La Liga champions at the Etihad Stadium
James Milner insists Manchester City will go for the win against Real Madrid as the Citizens bid to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive.
Roberto Mancini’s men must secure victory against the La Liga champions as well as Borussia Dortmund in their final group game if they are to have any chance of reaching the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.
Milner admits City’s displays in Europe this season have not been good enough but is sure the Premier League champions can redeem themselves with a win over Jose Mourinho’s men.
“We’ll be going for it, make no mistake and we will continue to believe until it becomes mathematically impossible,” Milner told City’s website.
“We’ll be going out to win and unlikely as it is that we will go through, we want to win our remaining two games and give ourselves at least half a chance.
“If that’s not good enough, at least we can finish with our heads held high knowing that we kept going until the end.
“We are professionals who are representing Manchester City and every time you pull on that shirt you go out and give 100 per cent and prove you are worthy of playing for this club.
“I think we’ve proved we try to do that whenever we play and that won’t change on Wednesday night.”
Man City v Real Madrid: Pre-match facts
• City’s home record against Spanish clubs is W2 D1 L0. They overcame Villarreal CF 2-1 last season thanks to Sergio Agüero’s added-time goal.
• Madrid won 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on their last visit to England, Cristiano Ronaldo sealing a 5-0 aggregate win in the 2010-11 quarter-finals.
• Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in 11 derbies for United against City, winning seven and losing three. He scored four goals but was twice sent off at the City of Manchester Stadium.
• Twice a Spanish champion with Barcelona, Yaya Toure appeared five times against Madrid, winning three times and losing twice.