Benitez: City Could Be Distracted By Real Madrid

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez hopes Real Madrid will be a source of distraction for Manchester City.

City are third on the log after beating Chelsea 3-0, and will face Real Madrid a week after playing Newcastle on Tuesday.

Benitez hopes City will have one eye on the Champions League and suggested that Newcastle can beat any team on their day.

“In the back of your head you are thinking about a semi-final or final and if you are going to get an injury,” the 56-year-old said of City ahead of the match.

“They are professionals and will try to win but in the back of their mind they won’t want to miss a game through injury. I think they have an eye on the Champions League and hopefully we can take advantage.

“If we believe from the first minute until the last one then we can beat anyone on our day. The way we won with passion, intensity and character against Swansea is credit to our fans and players. We have to show it every game now.

“You can’t be just worried about Sergio Augero or Kevin De Bruyne – Man City are a team who are doing so well in Champions League and have many good players. They played very well against Chelsea.

“We have to be ready for a difficult game. We all have to stick together, work hard and try to get three points. We have nothing to lose at the moment and we have confidence.”

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