Manchester City need “two exceptional games” to overcome Real Madrid and reach the Champions League final, said City boss Pep Guardiola.
Premier League leaders City take on La Liga leaders Real in the first leg of the semi-final at home on Tuesday.
Guardiola’s side lost 1-0 to Chelsea in their first Champions League final last season, while Real have been European champions 13 times.
“It is not necessary to say how good Real Madrid are,” said Guardiola.
“If we have to compete with their history, we don’t have any chance. The history is there, we can’t change it, but it’s 11 against 11 with one ball moving.
“We will try to be ourselves, compete well. We need to play two exceptional games to reach the final.”