Man City have performed much better on their European travels than they have at home and that will sustain them as they head for the Bernabeu.
Manchester City have every reason to be optimistic when they head to the Bernabeu next week … their recent away record in Europe is as good as that of Barcelona and BETTER than Bayern Munich.
The Blues are being written off after failing to breach a strong Madrid defence at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg on Tuesday.
But that ignores the fact that for the past three seasons City have been better away from home in Europe.
In fact, the Blues have won seven and drawn two of their last 13 jaunts to the continent, including victories at Bayern and Roma, and this season’s 2-2 draw at Paris St Germain – a result that would be good enough to see them through against Madrid.
The Blues need to score in the Bernabeu, but they have only failed to score once in a Euro away this season – the 1-0 defeat at Juventus, when Fernando hit the post and saw Raheem Sterling waste a great chance.
In those 13 away trips in Europe, they have exactly the same record as Barca, still the yardstick of European success despite their quarter-final exit this season.
And Bayern Munich, seen as the epitome of clinical ruthlessness in Europe, have managed four wins and four draws from their last 13 away games.
The problem City have is that Madrid tend to dominate games at the Bernabeu, and this season have scored 18 and conceded none in their five home games to date.
The last team to score at the Bernabeu, and get a result there, was Juventus, who earned a 1-1 draw in the semi-final to KO the galacticos.