The Manchester City midfielder James Milner has said that he is confident that the team can qualify to the last 16 stage of the Champions League despite needing a lot of results to go their way. City have taken just one point from the opening four matches in the group stages.

This means that they have to win the final two matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, while also hoping for other results go their way. Mancini admitted after the draw with Ajax at home in the previous European game that the hopes of the club qualifying for the next round seem extremely slim.

The former Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder James Milner, though, is not giving up hope yet, as City prepare to face the Spanish champions Real Madrid. Milner was not utilised by the manager in the 5-0 win over Aston Villa during the weekend. Hence, he will be extremely fresh for this match, and he hopes to be able to help City to a victory in this match. He has said that winning the last two matches will give City the best hope of qualifying. He has also said that the club needs to be wary of the threat posed by Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We’ll be going for it, make no mistake and we will continue to believe until it becomes mathematically impossible. We’ll be going out to win and unlikely as it is that we will go through, we want to win our remaining two games and give ourselves at least half a chance. If that’s not good enough, at least we can finish with our heads held high knowing that we kept going until the end,” said Milner. Milner will not only have the responsibility of attacking, but also tracking back to help Pablo Zabaleta.