Roberto Mancini says Manchester City will be going for a win at Real Madrid

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City boss will be targeting a win against Real Madrid in the Champions League

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Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City will be going to Real Madrid to win and is expecting a 'fantastic' game in their UEFA Champions League opener.

City begin their bid to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time on Tuesday, with arguably one of the toughest assignments in football at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, while Mancini is aware of Real's illustrious history, the City boss does not want his players to be cowed by the prospect of facing the Spanish champions.

The Italian said: "Our mentality is not to go there - to Madrid or anywhere - for a draw, or to lose. We want to win always.

"But we know it will be a tough game. We play against one of the best teams in the world, but we want to do our job well.

"Our mentality is not to go there - to Madrid or anywhere - for a draw, or to lose. We want to win always."

Roberto Mancini

"I think it will be a fantastic game, and a fantastic for moment for everyone at the club. But when you play Champions League, every team is a top team, every game is difficult.

"If you play against Real or Barca, you are up against 100 years of history, they won everything. For this reason, I also think it will be difficult."


City failed to progress beyond the group stage in their maiden Champions League campaign last year despite accumulating 10 points with some respectable performances.

Yet after facing Bayern Munich, Napoli and Villarreal in 2011-12, the task is even tougher this time with two other domestic champions in Ajax and Borussia Dortmund also in Group D.

Mancini said: "We start again on a difficult pitch against a top team, and we should be ready for it to be very difficult, because they have fantastic players, fantastic history.

"But we have 23 or 24 players, players with experience, having played Champions League, they know this atmosphere. For all our players, this is good experience.

"After the group stage, if we have got the same points as last year, I think we go will through this time."