Manchester City have a better team than Real Madrid, according to midfielder Rodri – but they can’t take Champions League progression for granted.
As authorities work on plans to finish the European campaign, City have one foot in the quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
When the second leg is played, it will doubtless be a fascinating encounter between the teams currently sat second in the Premier League and La Liga, but Rodri is wary of overconfidence.
I don’t trust any scoreline against Madrid, even though we won 2-1,” Rodri told Diario AS.
“It is Madrid and they are far from finished. We have a better team and we showed it in the first leg, but there is one step to take.
“We have to respect our opponents, we have to go for the victory because, if not, we will be in trouble.
“Eliminating Madrid, who have won three Champions League titles in a row and have been so powerful in recent years in Europe, would give us a lot of morale and confidence to say that it can be done. But there are great teams in Europe, not just Madrid.”