Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, says whether or not his side is able to reach the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final, the English giants can be proud of their Champions League success.
Newsbreak reports that City host the flying Spanish side for the first leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday night.
City got the better of Madrid when the two teams met in the round of 16 in the competition in the 2019-20 campaign, going through 4-2 on aggregate.
Guardiola expects the clashes to be tight affairs this time around, but feels his wards need to be themselves to have a chance of reaching the final at the Stade de France.
“We want to reach the final and win, like Real Madrid, Villarreal and Liverpool, but never underestimate what we have done to be here,” Guardiola said during his pre-match press conference on Monday.
“To win every time and score loads of goals is not the reality. Football is a tough business. Everyone wants to play well.
“When you start the Champions League at the start of the season, if someone says you will be in semi-final I would yes, I will sign now.
“I give credit to opponents – I know how difficult they are. But if we don’t reach the final, I would not say it is not good.”