AC Milan legend, Clarence Seedorf, has predicted that it would be ‘tough’ for Real Madrid to overturn their Champions League round of 16 first-leg defeat against Manchester City when both sides clash in the second-leg at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
Seedorf, a former Real Madrid player, also believes that nothing is impossible in football, adding that he expects Man City to prove a point after their ‘average season’ in the Premier League that saw Pep Guardiola’s men lose the English top-flight league title to Liverpool.
Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Man City in the first-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu back in February.
“I think when Zidane came [back] , he got that chemistry back in place and after corona, I think Madrid came out solid when Barcelona came out a bit segregated,” Seedorf told Stats Perform News.
“Obviously, when the club with players like [Sergio] Ramos and [Karim] Benzema smell the opportunity against that rival then that creates a motivation that they used and brought it home.
“Ramos and Benzema have been key, key players but, as I said, the whole team has shown a pretty solid shape.
“If you look at them without the results they have now, they are considered definitely [among] the favourites, Manchester City as well – these are two top teams in the world.
“It is going to be tough to go there and turn it around, but nothing is impossible in that sense. But also, Manchester City needs to make up for the average season, if you can call it that.
“They can do it, but it’s tough.”
Seedorf won the Champions League during his time at Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.