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Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola wary of Real Madrid Threat

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says their first leg win over Real Madrid in Spain will have no bearing on Friday’s Champions League encounter.

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams will play the second leg of their last-16 tie on August 7, after a 2-1 Manchester City win in the first leg on February 26.

“It is a long time ago, the first leg,” said Guardiola. “It is a different game. We knew that. “We are at home without our people but we will try to do a good game.

Spanish midfielder Rodri says City will go into the game with the intention of beating Real again, rather than trying to defend their aggregate advantage.

He said: “I know we have a better team but we have to show we are a better team – of course – on the pitch, with good behaviour and personality.

“Words are worthless if you can’t demonstrate that on the field. It is down to us to prove that.”

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