Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has rubbished Real Madrid’s history in the Champions League ahead of the mouth-watering clash with City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Manchester City is aiming to reach the second successive finals having lost last season’s finals against Chelsea and the Spanish manager is helping his team to balance psychologically before the clash against the 13th time champions.
Guardiola is aware of Real Madrid’s exploits in the European competition and has urged his men to look away from what Los Blancos poses and concentrate on the match.
“If we have to compete with history we don’t have any chance — they are better,” said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference.
“They’ve been in it many times, this competition. Before the last decade we were not, we were never here.
“The history is there, we cannot change it, but tomorrow we play 11 v 11, one ball is on the pitch and the players will decide if the decision-making is good or not.
“We are playing against players who have been in this position many, many times and beyond, reaching finals and winning.
“That’s why they have these kind of things and maybe still we don’t have it, but there are other issues and maybe we will have that and they don’t.
“In the end it’s the players’ quality, and how strong they are mentally, that will make the difference.”
Manchester City will miss the services of Kyle Walker and John Stones and Joao Cancelo, is suspended while Real Madrid will miss the Casemiro, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy for the clash as well.