NEWS: Milner positive about Madrid challenge

Robert Toole

As City prepare to take on Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League group game James Milner is feeling positive despite City’s slim chances of qualifying from the group. It is still mathematically possible for City to progress but they must win their remaining two games against Madrid tonight and away to Borussia Dortmund in December and hope that other results go their way. Milner said:

We’ll be going for it, make no mistake and we will continue to believe until it becomes mathematically impossible. We’ll be going out to win and unlikely as it is that we will go through, we want to win our remaining two games and give ourselves at least half a chance and if that’s not good enough, at least we can finish with our heads held high knowing that we kept going until the end.

We are professionals who are representing Manchester City and every time you pull on that shirt you go out and give 100% and prove you are worthy of playing for this club – I think we’ve proved we try to do that whenever we play and that won’t change on Wednesday night.

Milner is also looking forward to the challenge of facing Christiano Ronaldo:

You want to play against the best players and even though it will be a difficult job that someone like Zaba will probably be given, if I was asked to mark Ronaldo I would be happy to and do it to the best of my ability. He’s a top player, but we have a lot of very good players, too so we’ll look to keep him quiet and do the damage up the other end of the pitch and see where that takes us

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