Manchester City manager calls for perfect performance against Real Madrid
Roberto Mancini saw his team warm up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa, although Manchester City will need to produce an even better performance to beat the Spanish champions.
November 19th, 2012
Anything other than a victory isn’t an option if City are to stand any chance of making the last sixteen of the competition and there was an element of fortune about Saturday’s win which saw the champions open the scoring on the stroke of half-time.
“Unfortunately, it will not count for anything against Real. But it is important for the Premier League, it was a good performance,” was the manager’s verdict on two goals each from Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tevez, plus David Silva’s 43rd-minute opener. “It’s important that we’ve had so much from our strikers in the last two games – six goals.”
Mancini wasn’t sure how to respond when asked if this display would beat Jose Mourinho’s men. “I don’t know about that. They are one of the best teams in the world,” he said. “To beat them we will have to give a perfect performance.
“This is another game but if we want to beat them we will have to defend very well. They have three or four players who can decide the game at any moment.”