Real Madrid will make the trip to England to face Manchester City after a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, yet neither Davor Suker nor Pedja Mijatovic believe that qualification is beyond Los Blancos‘ reach.
The two former Real Madrid stars won the 1998 Champions League final in Amsterdam against Juventus after an unconvincing season domestically.
“In the Champions League, luck is often decisive,” Suker said.
“Real Madrid have had it on other occasions, but in the first leg it was not with them.
“It will not be easy, but surely there will be chances to put [City] in trouble.
“[City] have been focusing just on the Champions League for a while.”
Suker went on to highlight the importance of Real Madrid‘s 2-0 win over Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Many factors influence football and that triumph against Barcelona will have filled them with confidence and self-esteem,” he noted.
“We have to take advantage of what happened on Sunday at the Bernabeu.
“We must not lose top spot under any circumstances.
“LaLiga has to be ours.
“What seemed difficult has been achieved and now it is time to endure [for the final 12 games].
“Barcelona have also had a hard time and they are now behind.
“Losing in the Clasico always leaves a mark.”
Mijatovic agreed with his former teammate and indicated that the league is Real Madrid‘s to win.
“Beating Barcelona in LaLiga after a few years without doing so always brings extra confidence and security,” he explained.
“In LaLiga, everything is in Real Madrid‘s hands.
“It was not easy, but on Sunday they knew how to wait and hit Barcelona.
“Difficult matches are coming, but that’s where football and the character of the team should appear.”
Winning away at Manchester City is not an easy task, but Mijatovic believes Real Madrid could manage a victory.
“Winning away from home in the Champions League will not be straightforward, and even more so against [Manchester] City,” he added.
“Last season it was [Manchester] United who managed to defeat [Paris Saint-Germain].
“Why not Real Madrid?
“We will have opportunities throughout the game.
“Real Madrid have not said the last word.
“You have to score two goals at least and that should be the target.
“If they score, nothing changes.
“Nothing is lost.”