Mancini out for win at Madrid
- Mon 17 Sep 2012, 8:32AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
From the Britannia to the Bernabéu, the focus swiftly shifts from City’s gritty weekend draw against Stoke to tomorrow’s glitzy clash with Real Madrid.
“Mancini's men swap the Britannia's bacon butty for the finest jamon serrano of the Bernabeu,” writes The Independent’s Simon Hart.
But despite the obvious size of the task ahead, Roberto Mancini does not want his men be cowed by the prospect of facing the Spanish champions.
“Our mentality is not to go there - to Madrid or anywhere - for a draw, or to lose. We want to win always,” the manager told Sky Sports News.
"But we know it will be a tough game. We play against one of the best teams in the world, but we want to do our job well.
I think it will be a fantastic game and a fantastic for moment for everyone at the club. But when you play Champions League, every team is a top team, every game is difficult.
"If you play against Real or Barca, you are up against 100 years of history, they won everything. For this reason, I also think it will be difficult."
Meanwhile, Mancini’s opposite number Jose Mourinho says he is ready for the Blues and despite a shaky start to this year’s La Liga campaign, is confident of a positive result.
“I went over to see City play because I want my job to be done as close to perfection as possible. I wanted to analyse our opponents not just by video or stats but to see them first hand,” the special one told The Sun.
“Okay a match against QPR is not a good game to make a direct transfer to a match in the Bernabeu. But it was good enough to see some aspects of the City team.
“And what I do know is they have very good players – and are a powerful side.
“Real Madrid is Real Madrid, it’s the real thing. A club no football result, no cup competition, no coach, no player can ever change.
Quite simply Real Madrid is a club like no other. It’s incomparable with any other club in the world
“There is no team anywhere that can be compared with Real Madrid. None,” he concluded.
“The club have been negotiating with Silva all summer as they look to tie one of Europe's hottest properties to a deal for the next five years,” reports the paper’s Ian Ladyman.
“Talks reached a worrying stalemate during pre-season as City struggled to deal with the Spaniard's wage demands.
“However, it is understood the arrival of Spanish chief executive Ferran Soriano has given the issue fresh impetus and the club are hopeful of agreeing terms within two weeks.”
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