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Wayne Rooney backs Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to knock out Real Madrid this week

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Manchester City struggle to prevent the best teams from scoring against them and their central defenders could be targeted in Friday's Champions League clash against Spanish champions Real Madrid, former England skipper Wayne Rooney said.

Pep Guardiola's City lead Real after they won the away leg of their last-16 tie 2-1 in March, before Europe's elite club competition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rooney, who won the competition with Manchester United in 2008, said City have their best opportunity yet to lift the trophy for the first time.



'City may never have a better chance to win the Champions League,' Rooney wrote in his column for the Sunday Times.

'Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a huge loss to the Real defence and I think City will score.

Rooney said he expected Real to allow City to dominate possession and then aim to hit them on the counter.

'I saw Zinedine Zidane do it in his first spell as Real coach when he played against Guardiola-style teams in big games, and it brought him successes,' Rooney added.


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