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 Champions League knockout rounds.
The Spaniard’s first season at the Etihad saw City crash out in the last 16 with quarter-final exits following in the proceeding 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 was no doubt a surprise to many people, Guardiola and co. managed to earn a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu in the first leg back 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 a return of Europe’s most coveted club coemption, officials are reportedly hoping the Champions League can resume in August.
Now, as mentioned above, City standout Bernardo Silva has recently been speaking about a potential second leg vs the Spanish powerhouse.
City, obviously, have the advantage with their two away goals whilst Real Madrid will also be without captain Sergio Ramos for the reverse leg as the Spaniard was sent off in the last meeting.
Despite this, Silva insists that Man City should not be writing Real Madrid off with the Portuguese midfielder drawing particular attention to Madrid’s experience in the CL:
“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.