Kelechi Iheanacho has admitted Manchester City will head to Real Madrid with their confidence damaged by Sunday's 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton.
Nigeria hitman Iheanacho struck twice as City's sole positive in a bleak south coast thumping at the hands of Ronald Koeman's Saints, for whom Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick.
The 19-year-old hopes to have earned a start for City's Champions League semi-final second leg at Real on Wednesday night, but admitted Manuel Pellegrini's side saw their preparations dented in defeat at Saints.
"This was not good preparation, this game didn't give us enough confidence but we'll put it behind us as soon as we leave here and focus on the game on Wednesday," said Iheanacho.
"We need to put it behind us, it's gone, it's not going to come back.
"So many things went wrong in the game, we lost so many balls and we didn't defend well.
"We lost so we're not happy, but we'll put it behind us and come back stronger."
But will he start in the week? Only time will tell.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes the scheduling of Sunday's game at Southampton hampers his side's hopes in the Champions League.
City's players will have one day's rest less than Real Madrid ahead of the second leg of their semi-final at the Bernabeu next Wednesday.
Pellegrini wanted the Southampton game, which kicks off at 4.30pm on Sunday, brought forward to Saturday. It is understood enquiries were made but the club did not pursue an official request because, as the fixture was selected for television coverage, it was decided it would have little chance of success.
In the Premier League, I don't understand why when having so many games, and they all have the same interest, that we can't play one day before to have 24 hours (more rest), at least having the same as Real Madrid.
Why? It's not my answer to say because maybe there are things about TV rights to make that decision.
As a manager you always want to have all the options for Manchester City but you are representing England in the Champions League. You at least don't want to give the advantage to the other team. That is very important.
Man City have hijacked a £46m deal that would have seen rivals Man United sign Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.
According to reports in Portugal, Pep Guardiola was so impressed with the 18 year old during Bayern Munich's two Champions League ties against Benfica that he instructed City officials to pursue the teenager immediately.
With the media reporting that United are on the brink of confirming the Portuguese international, it remains to be seen whether he favours a move to the blue half of Manchester.
After starring for Benfica's B team in 2014/15, Sanchez forced his way into the first team in October 2015, two months after celebrating his 18th birthday.
A string of commanding performances since then earned Sanches his first two senior Portugal caps as he began drawing comparisons with Paul Pogba, the French international whose loss at Old Trafford still rankles with the club's hierarchy.
One key factor in the chase for Sanches could boil down to whether Jose Mourinho replaces Louis van Gaal in the summer, since Mourinho and Sanches are both represented by Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes.
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has confirmed he's fighting git for his team's clash with Real Madrid.
Kompany played 90 minutes against Newcastle last Tuesday but was not involved in the win over Stoke at the weekend in preparation for the Championd League semi-final.
Everything went well. When you are injured you have to work a lot harder than the rest and that is what I did.
People talk about my injuries but I talk about my comebacks. That is what I have in my head. People talk about 14 injuries to my calf and I talk about 14 times I have come back and played like I have never been away. It takes a lot of strength of character to do that.
Midfielder Yaya Toure has been ruled out of the first leg of Manchester City's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday with a thigh injury.
Toure was hurt in Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Stoke in the Premier League and is also doubtful for Sunday's trip to Southampton.
Midfielder Samir Nasri is the only other injured player but the Frenchman has not been registered to play in this stage of the competition anyway. Captain Vincent Kompany and forward Kevin De Bruyne return after being rested at the weekend.
Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Mangala, Demichelis, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Navas, Sterling, Silva, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho.
Kelechi Iheanacho is hoping his performance against Stoke will earn him the chance to fulfil a dream and face Real Madrid.
The Nigerian youngster made his fourth Premier League start for Manchester City on Saturday and scored twice in a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Iheanacho has impressed every time he has been given a chance by Manuel Pellegrini this season and the 19-year-old has quickly become a fan favourite.
His Champions League career has so far been limited to two late substitute appearances against Dynamo Kiev and Paris St Germain, but Pellegrini did not rule out Iheanacho playing a part on Tuesday in one of the biggest games in the club's history.
Real Madrid visit the Etihad for the first leg of City's first Champions League semi-final, offering Iheanacho the chance to challenge himself against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
I think I should dream about that because it's a great team to dream about. It would be a dream come true to play against them.
Ronaldo and Messi are the greatest players on the planet so I think playing against them is a big thing to anyone. It would be a big thing to me if I play against him on Tuesday.
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