Sergio Aguero has warned Manchester City that their place in the final of the Champions League is still all to play for.
The former Sky Blues forward believes Real Madrid will ‘fight’ to turn around their 4-3 loss to City in the first-leg when the two clubs meet at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.
Away goals have been scrapped from the competition this season, so Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be at their best to maintain their one-goal advantage against the La Liga champions.
Speaking to Stake.com, Aguero has outlined what his former team need to do in order to progress to their second consecutive Champions League final.
“Real Madrid [have] already won La Liga, so they will probably be very focused on this match,” he said.
“Carlo Ancelotti is a very good manager with lots of experience and will have his team ready for the match, so Manchester City will expect a tough game.
“Pep Guardiola should be happy with his team in the first match against Real Madrid because they played some amazing football and scored some really good goals.
“If the team is playing well and scoring you need to make sure you’re in control of the game and then you have a good chance of winning. Three goals for Real Madrid is not perfect for Manchester City, but they are ahead and away goals do not change things anymore.
“Real Madrid have already beaten PSG and Chelsea to get here in the Champions League, and they are two of the best teams - the Champions League winner from last year and the best team in France with Lionel Messi and so many stars. City know this and have to have 100% focus on the match and not think they have won until the final whistle because Real Madrid fights until the end, they will want to win and City can’t think the job is done.”
Guardiola has alternated between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-2-2 formation this season and is likely to choose the former when taking on Los Blancos.
With the Sky Blues winning 4-3 on aggregate going into the second-leg, Aguero doesn’t expect his ex-boss to change his style of play.
“I don’t think Manchester City will play in a different way to normal for the match in Madrid,” he added.
“This team is so good because there is a lot of talented players and a lot of them have played for Guardiola for a long time and know exactly what they need to do - there is only one way of playing and everybody understands that.
“Maybe the formation or people on the pitch change but they all work towards the same goal of winning and making it a hard game for Real Madrid.”
City have won their last three meetings against Los Blancos in the Champions League, but failed to beat the La Liga giants in their previous meeting on May 4 - losing 1-0 on that day six years ago.