According to Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, it won’t be easy for Manchester City to come out victorious against Real Madrid in the last leg of the Champions League.
Manchester City is currently at the top of the points table in their group. However, despite being on top, City couldn’t handle the Madrid pressure and was pulled over for a draw in the knockout phase. Which led Serie A giants Paris Saint Germain to lead the chart while City becoming the runners-up in their own group.
Statistically, Real Madrid has never lost a knockout game in the competition under manager Zinedine Zidane, while Zidane himself has made his club won the trophy three years in a row before exiting from. Zidane returned as their boss in March last year.
Speaking of the last season, when Real Madrid was removed out by Ajax at the last 16 stages of the Champions League, the club fired their head coach Santiago Solari and it was then, Zidane made his comeback to the club.
“I wanted City to get Lyon or some club like that, but Real Madrid is going to be a tough game, a very, very tough game,” midfielder Yaya Toure – who now plays for Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai – told Omnisport, via AS.
“Real Madrid could knock us straight out. They could, they really could, because we expect Real Madrid to be in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and now they face City.
“I’m a little scared, to be honest.”
Man City will be having a face-off against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first-leg on February 26, before the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on March 17. It will be interesting to see whether Toure’s concerns turn out to be true.