|Tuesday, 18 September 2012 16:52|
LONDON: Midfielder David Silva (pic) fears a Real Madrid backlash when Manchester City face Jose Mourinho’s men in a Champions League match at Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow (2:45am)
But City manager Roberto Mancini has urged his side to go for the kill and pile even more pressure on his under-fire rival.
Mourinho is feeling the heat following his side’s woeful start to the new season.The Spanish champions have lost two of their first four games in Primera Liga and now trail bitter rivals Barcelona by eight points.
City can inflict more damage on them in their Champions League Group D opener.
But Spain international Silva reckons Real are like a sleeping “beast” that could be all set to wake up and go on the rampage.
Silva, who has just penned a new £150,000-a-week deal at the Etihad, said: “It is clear that when everything is going well, Real play with more confidence. When they’ve doubts, it is difficult.
“Maybe it is more dangerous for us because they are not at a good moment and we could waken the beast in them, but we hope it will be a good match.”
Mancini has ordered City to go on the attack and win the game, instead of trying to play for a draw.
He said: “If you get a chance, you have to score. A draw could be a good result, but our mentality is not to defend. We don’t have that mentality.
“If you want to do well, you have to attack very well and play football.”
Silva’s decision to sign a new long-term deal is a moral victory for City, with Real keen to sign the former Valencia playmaker last summer.
“I’ve been here two years and I am very happy. We have won three trophies and I hope more to come,” said Silva.