Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has recently warned against writing off Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Man City see off Real Madrid
Manchester City, especially under Pep Guardiola, do not have the best record in the Champions League’s knockout rounds.
The Spaniard’s first season at the Etihad saw City crash out of the competition in the last-16, with quarter-final exits having followed in the ensuing two campaigns.
So, when the Citizens drew 13-time winners Real Madrid in this season’s last-16, they were probably somewhat disheartened.
However, in what came as a surprise to many, Guardiola and co. managed to earn a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu in the tie’s first-leg at the end of February.
Isco would open the scoring for Los Blancos 60 minutes in, but late strikes from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne ensured City took a much-deserved lead back to the Etihad.
Silva warns against Madrid threat
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, City and Madrid are, of course, yet to play out the second-leg of their tie.
And whilst there is no date yet set in stone for the return of Europe’s premiere club competition, officials are reportedly hoping that the Champions League can resume in August.
Now, as mentioned above, Manchester City standout Bernardo Silva has recently been speaking about a potential second-leg clash versus Real.
City, obviously, have the advantage due to their two away goals, whilst Real Madrid will also be without captain Sergio Ramos for the reverse leg, after the Spaniard was sent off in the last meeting.
Despite this, Silva insists that his side should not be writing Los Blancos off, with the Portuguese midfielder having drawn particular attention to Madrid’s experience in the Champions League:
“You can’t write any team off, far less Madrid who have won 13 European Cups.
“No one else has the experience Madrid’s players have in this competition, so we can’t think we’ve already beaten them.
“It’s all very open. When you play a side like Madrid nothing is ever certain. We’ve seen a lot of ties in the last few years get turned around. Look at Barca last year, beating Liverpool 3-0 and then losing 4-0. You never know.
“It’s a good result and we’re in a great position to go through to the quarter-finals. It’s a tough match and we’ll need to play well and maintain our concentration.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.