Manchester City are preparing to play arguably the biggest match in their history, as they face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tomorrow, but Roberto Mancini insists they do not fear the Spanish champions, The Sport Review reports.
This is City’s second season in the Champions League and their lack of experience in the competition meant they were third seeds in a group also containing: Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.
Manager, Roberto Mancini said: “I think it will be a fantastic game and a fantastic moment for everyone at the club.”
Madrid, along with Barcelona, are one of the two favourites to win the tournament and will be desperate to claim the trophy for the first time since 2002.
They have been mainstays in the competition and reached last season’s semi-finals, losing to Bayern Munich – the winners of City’s group.
But Mancini insists his side will not be overawed by the occasion, facing the most successful team in the history of the European Champions Cup.
“Our mentality is not to go there – to Madrid or anywhere – for a draw, or to lose. We want to win always. But we know it will be a tough game. We play against one of the best teams in the world, but we want to do our job well,” Mancini said.
City were eliminated in the group stages of the 2011/12 competition, finishing behind Bayern and Napoli – forcing Mancini’s men to settle for a consolation prize of Europa League football.
But it was one of the most hotly-contested groups, with City finishing with 10 points – a total which would have been enough to progress in six of the remaining seven groups.
“After the group stage, if we have got the same points as last year, I think we go will through this time,” he added.