Gareth Bale says Real Madrid need to impose themselves on Manchester City this evening and have learned their lessons from the disastrous first leg against Wolfsburg in the quarter final of the Champions League.
Los Blancos slipped to a shock 2-0 defeat in Germany and had Cristiano Ronaldo to thank for saving their bacon in the return leg when the Portuguese scored a remarkable hat trick to help his side to the semi finals.
Bale, back in England for a club game for the first time since signing for Real Madrid, told a press conference on Monday evening that the 10-time winners can expect a tough match and need to be at their best.
“We’re confident and we’ll be going out to win. In Wolfsburg we had a tough time of things, but we’ve looked at our mistakes and we’ve got to impose ourselves and try to win the game. If we play with togetherness and as a team, we’ve got a great chance of going through,” he said.
And he added: “You don’t get this far on luck, and any of the teams would have been difficult. We’re excited and are looking forward to it. I’m surprised that they haven’t got to this stage before now. They are a top Premier League team and are getting that way in Europe. They’ve worked very hard, but tomorrow we want to halt their rise.”