Manchester City will play attacking football against Real Madrid

Manchester City manager Manual Pellegrini says he will not go into the Champions League semi final game against Real Madrid with defensive tactics on Tuesday at Etihad stadium.

Christiano Ronaldo’s quick-fire hat-trick turned 2-0 first leg deficit against Wolfsburg at Bernebau at quarter-final stage.

“The way you win a title is very important. We won’t just try to defend to reach the final,” Pellegrini said when asked about his approach going into the game.

“I have always tried to have a team who play good football, play well. I think there is an advantage to playing at home second. You know what you’ve got to do.

“You don’t want to take too much of a risk because you know, if you concede, then it could be decisive at the end of the tie.

“We want to go into the game in a balanced way. We want to stop them scoring an away goal and, if we can score ourselves, then great.”

This is the first time Manuel Pellegrini’s side are in the competition’s semis and the Chilean says the success was due to past seasons performance.

“It is very important to enjoy the Semi-final, as it’s not an achievement we do every year. But it’s important not to be comfortable because we are at this stage.

“Everyone wants to continue, to play the final. Tomorrow we’ll see a team that will play to win. It’s important to reach this final, as it reflects the work we are doing for three years.”

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