The prior Blancos striker considers”the final word” is yet to be uttered in a heavyweight continental clash that continues to hang in the balance.
Real Madrid are being supported by club legend Predrag Mijatovic to emulate the Champions League attempts of Manchester United from last season and ship Manchester City crashing out of Europe.
The Blancos have it all to do in the second leg of a heavyweight last-16 experience as, despite taking the lead at Santiago Bernabeu, Zinedine Zidane watched his side crumble against the Blues to endure a 2-1 defeat on home soil.
They need to now score at least twice in the Etihad Stadium on March 17 to reserve a spot in the quarter-finals.
Madrid do not have to turn back the clock to find inspiration from that pursuit, with City’s arch-rivals, United having finished a stunning turnaround on the street at Paris Saint-Germain at 2019.
Mijatovic considers Real are capable of doing likewise in Manchester, telling Marca:”Winning away from home in the Champions League won’t be simple, and even more so against City.
“Last year it was [Manchester] United who was able to conquer [Paris Saint-Germain]. Why not Real Madrid?
“We will have opportunities throughout the game. Real Madrid haven’t said the last word.
“You’ve got to score two goals at least and that should be the goal. If they score, nothing changes. Nothing is missing.”
Davor Suker, another Champions League-winning striker from Real Madrid’s past, also considers that Zidane’s side are capable of turning a meeting with City on its mind.
He believes success in a Clasico clash with Barcelona last time out has helped to boost morale in the Spanish capital, with a national and continental double still there to be chased down.
The legendary Croatian said:”Many things influence football and that succeed against Barcelona will have filled them with confidence and self-esteem.
“We have to make the most of what occurred on Sunday at the Bernabeu. We shouldn’t lose top spot under any conditions.
“La Liga needs to be ours. What seemed difficult was achieved and now it’s time to survive [for the last 12 games].
“Barcelona have also had a difficult time and they’re now behind. Losing in the Clasico always leaves a mark.”
Before confronting City, Real have La Liga excursions against Real Betis and Eibar to take in, with the first of those set to occur on Sunday.