The Champions League is the lacking piece in Manchester City’s rising silverware assortment, defender Aymeric Laporte stated forward of his facet’s last-16 2d leg towards Real Madrid on Friday. City have ruled English soccer in contemporary years beneath Pep Guardiola, even though they completed 2d to Liverpool in the Premier League this season, however have but so as to add Europe’s maximum coveted prize to their trophy cupboard.
“City have unfinished business in the Champions League, we have been talking about it for a long time, it’s the thing we are missing,” Laporte advised Spanish newspaper AS on Thursday.
“Last year we won four trophies in the same season but couldn’t win the Champions League, so if it’s our turn this year, perfect.”
City have been knocked out in the quarter-finals final yr on away targets via Tottenham Hotspur after having a last-gasp effort dominated out via a VAR overview. They have been crushed on away targets via AS Monaco in the final 16 in 2017.
“I don’t know what we’ve been doing wrong as the team has been the same in the last few years. Away goals have been key. Last year Tottenham scored the same number of goals as us but eliminated us,” added Laporte.
“We have all the ingredients to do great things. The team is really up for it, we don’t have to change much, we just need a little more luck. We have lacked that final spark which I’m sure we’ll find soon.”
City hang a 2-1 lead over Real going into Friday’s 2d leg at an empty Etihad Stadium and can be with out all-time most sensible scorer Sergio Aguero via damage.
Real can be lacking captain Sergio Ramos, who used to be despatched off in the first leg.
“Everyone knows Aguero, he’s an important player to be missing just like theirs. All the goals that he has scored and the career he’s had since he was young speak for themselves,” added Laporte.
“He’s one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen but we believe in our other team mates. Sergio Ramos is also a very important player but we want to show that we can play better than them.”