Jack Grealish says Manchester City will feel “unstoppable” when they host Real Madrid in a finely balanced second leg of their Champions League semi-final next Wednesday.
Kevin de Bruyne’s second-half effort cancelled out Vinicius Jr’s opener for 14-time winners Real, to earn City a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, on Tuesday.
Real scored twice in added time before dramatically triumphing against City in Spain at the same stage last term
“We’ve learned so much since last year,” Grealish told BT Sport.
“We have a new team this year, different players. It was a year ago. We have the perfect balance of experience and world-class youngsters. I’ve never felt so confident going onto the pitch having the players around me.”
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City was two goals ahead on aggregate going into the 90th minute of their second leg against Real last term but collapsed in remarkable fashion.
Rodrygo scored twice in added time and Karim Benzema then converted an extra-time penalty to see the Spanish side advance 6-5 on aggregate.
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However, with this year’s tie set to be concluded on City’s home patch, where they have won 14 consecutive matches by a combined score of 49-7, the odds feel firmly stacked in favour of Pep Guardiola’s Treble-chasing side.
“At the Etihad, we feel unstoppable,” added City forward Grealish.
“We came here to try to win, but it shows our character to go a goal down in a place like this. In the end I think it was a fair result. They had their chances, we had a few.”