'Nothing to fear from City' - Sergio Ramos
- 20 November 2012 08:17
- Posted by Mark Booth
World Cup winning defender Sergio Ramos wants nothing other than three points from Real's trip to Manchester.
The Spanish champions need to pick up at least a draw from their meeting with City as they only earned one point from two meetings with Dortmund.
Ramos knows that a win at the Etihad Stadium would practically secure qualification with a game to go.
“We want to top the group,” said Ramos in today's Daily Star.
“Real Madrid never play defensively. That is not in our nature. We are going to Manchester to win.
“City have improved in the Premier League. But we do not fear them. Real Madrid can win in any stadium in the world.”
Despite this unshakable confidence, Ramos did admit his surprise that City have only claimed two points from their four Champions League matches to date.
"For me, it’s a surprise they are nearly out of the Champions League,” said Ramos. “We really thought City would be our main rivals to top the group.
“City are a big group of players, not just individuals. But that does not guarantee success in the Champions League.
“This is the hardest group in the first round, and this match is very important for both clubs. We both need to win for different reasons.”
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has joked that he may have to call the boys in blue in order to stop the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo in tomorrow night’s Champions League clash.
Ronaldo was a thorn in City’s side when the teams met in the opening Group D encounter at the Bernabeu, and Mancini predicts another tricky assignment at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
"We'll call the police. He's a top player and he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or,” said Mancini.
“He scored so many goals last year and that helped them to finish above Barca. I hope he can have a bad night on Wednesday. When you come up against a player who can score one or two goals every game it is difficult."
Joe Hart will be the man charged with keeping out the Portuguese winger and according to Sports Mole, his confidence should receive a boost with the news that he’s been nominated for a place in FIFA’s World XI, due to be announced in the new year.
“The England international is one of five nominees for the goalkeeper category, with Chelsea's Petr Cech also among the shortlisted custodians,” the story reads.
“Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus are the other three candidates.
“The decision on who has been the best goalkeeper of 2012 will be announced during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala on January 7.”