Man City v Real Madrid: Mourinho predicts European exit for Citizens
Man City v Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho believes the Citizens will make a premature exit from the Champions League this season
Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City will suffer an early Champions League exit ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Mancini’s men need victory to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the knockout stage after failing to secure a win in Europe’s premier competition this term.
Madrid are in second place with seven points in Group D, five ahead of City, and Mourinho is adamant eight points won’t be enough to see the Premier League champions reach the last 16.
“I think they are a team to win the competition, one of the teams to win it,” said Mourinho.
“I think it is normal if a big team doesn’t win the competition because there are other teams with the same power, desire and responsibility and only one can win.
“I don’t think that it is normal when you are out of the competition at a very early stage. This season they will be out.
“I think they can win tomorrow and at Dortmund – why not?
“But eight points is not enough and I think they will be out for a second successive time and that must be difficult for them.”
Mourinho also believes Madrid’s 3-2 victory over City – Mancini’s men had led 2-1 in with three minutes remaining at the Bernabeu – was a key result in the group stage.
“That first game [in Madrid] was crucial,” he added.
“If City won that match, the history would be different but we won that match with a great reaction and now we are in a position where we depend only on ourselves and we are in a good condition to qualify.
“I repeat I think City will be out. They can win [on Wednesday evening and at Dortmund], but eight points is not enough so City will be the big team that will be out.”
Man City v Real Madrid: Pre-match facts
• City’s home record against Spanish clubs is W2 D1 L0. They overcame Villarreal 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.