Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bernardo Silva is adamant that Manchester City ‘do not fear’ Real Madrid despite losing to the LaLiga giants in the Champions League a year ago.
Real Madrid pipped Pep Guardiola’s side 6-5 on aggregate a year ago and went on to beat Liverpool in the final for their record 14th European Cup.
Silva said: “We have a lot of respect for them, yes, but not any fear at all. Why should we fear them?
“We’ll try to keep the momentum we’ve built over two months to arrive very confident to beat them, knowing they won the Champions League last season for a reason.”
“It’s not about the badge, It’s never about the badge,” Silva continued.
“It’s about the players that are on the pitch. If Madrid didn’t have Modric, Kroos, Vinicius, Benzema — I could say all of them — they wouldn’t win anything because the shirt doesn’t do it on its own.
“We’d be stupid not to respect them but we have that goal knowing we lost last year in tough circumstances. This time we will try to make it different.”
“We’re not going to lie. This is definitely a competition we want because it’s the only one we haven’t won yet,” Bernardo added.
“We’re in a very good position to be fighting for all three trophies. The FA Cup final is a derby, it would be lovely for our fans. Then the Champions League is a trophy we’d really love, and the Premier League would be five in six years and we would go down in history.
“I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one I want the most. I want them all, a lot! And we’re going to keep battling away, knowing that, yes, we could win them all, yet we could lose them all too.”