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.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered a thigh muscle injury, but Real Madrid have given no indication if he will be fit for their Champions League clash with Manchester City.
The 31-year-old came off the pitch moments before the final whistle during Madrid's 3-0 Primera Division victory over Villarreal on Wednesday night after falling awkwardly.
Madrid face a trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday before Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Previously, Ronaldo had played every minute of every league game this season for Los Blancos, but there were fears he could miss some of the title run-in.
Ronaldo posted on Instagram that everything was "All good" on Thursday, but a statement from Madrid read: "Following tests carried out today on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed."
Manchester City have announced that all general tickets for next week's Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid have sold out.
Only a limited number of hospitality tickets remain for the first leg of the glamour tie at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.
City attracted criticism as tickets for their previous home game in the competition, against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, sold slowly.
But, despite complaints about prices from some fans, that game did eventually sell out with a new club European attendance record of 53,039 being set.
This time, with a discount scheme in operation for loyal supporters, tickets have been snapped up a week in advance with no general sale taking place.
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Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late winner to hand 10-man Real Madrid a shock 2-1 win in a fiery El Clasico and end Barcelona's long unbeaten run.
The Portuguese star pounced five minutes from the end of a pulsating La Liga clash at the Nou Camp, just moments after his captain Sergio Ramos had been sent off for the 20th time in his career.
Real had already come from behind with Karim Benzema scoring a superb equaliser to cancel out a Gerard Pique header early in the second half.
The defeat, on what was an emotional occasion for Barca in their first outing since the death of Johan Cruyff, was the Catalan side's first in 40 matches in all competitions.
It also provided a potential twist in the Primera Division title race, with Barca's lead over Atletico Madrid at the top now cut to six points and with Real just another point further behind.
It was Real's first win at the Nou Camp for three years and came in Zinedine Zidane's first Clasico in charge of the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four second-half goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 thrashing of Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale marked his return from a hamstring injury by scoring in his first appearance in 50 days, while Pepe and Jese also got on the scoresheet for the Merengues.
Iago Aspas got Celta's only goal in their worst defeat of the season, but the afternoon really belonged to Ronaldo, who moved on to 26 Primera Division goals for the season, one ahead of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.