Champions League

Mangala: City believe in CL chances

2016-05-04 13:00
Eliaquim Mangala (Supplied)
Eliaquim Mangala (Supplied)

Cape Town - Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is keeping the Champions League dream alive ahead of the second leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid.

City head to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday with the aggregate score locked at 0-0 after a goalless first leg in England, and the French defender sees no reason not to dream of reaching the final.

"Our aim is to win the Champions League - that was always the project," he told his club's official website. "We are improving and we want to keep playing in this way.

"I think 0-0 was a good result. We defended very well and didn't concede an away goal which was very important for us.

"That was good for this game but the weekend loss to Southampton was not. Every game is another story but we have to concentrate and finish well when we have the opportunity.

"We know that it will be a tough game against Real Madrid and that they play well at home, but we did well in the other rounds of the competition, especially at Sevilla and PSG.

"We don't want to stay in the semi-final and think we've done well - we want more. We want to reach the final and now we are so close that ambition.

"I am proud of what we've done so far. It is very special for every player to play in the semi-final and the possibility of playing in a final - maybe even winning the Champions League."

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