Resurrecting hope is our game: Sergio Aguero demands Manchester City ‘never give up’ on Champions League

By Dean Wilkins

Call it bold, call it ludicrous, call Manchester City’s juggernaut task of escaping their Champions League group whatever you like, but Sergio Aguero will never give up if there’s still a chance.

The Premier League leaders host the Spanish champions Real Madrid tomorrow night for their final hope of resurrecting their dreadful second year among Europe’s elite.

But with qualification into the knockout stages taken out of their hands, City are forced to wait on other results to progress – but last season’s hero striker insists that the Blues will not quit while there’s faith.

“We should never give up,” he said. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? Of course, it’s harder now because we’re not just relying on ourselves but also on the other teams’ results.

“What we must not do is leave the pitch with any regrets and be content knowing that we have given our all. This club deserves nothing less and our supporters deserve as much, too.”

Jose Mourinho leads his men to play their first ever fixture at the Etihad Stadium and arrive five points better off than City in the table.

But their position is something to aim for as a target, according to their Argentine ace.

“I think it’s even more significant now than if we had been in a better position in the table,” added Aguero.

“It may sound strange, but I firmly believe that. We must win this game. Whatever the final score-line is – a good one, I hope – we’ll show on the field that we don’t give up, like we did in the game against Ajax and in every game we’ve played.

“We have a great team, I have no doubt about it and now it is time for us to show just how good we are.”

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Before sealing his £35million move to City last summer, Aguero never managed to overcome Real in five years with Atletico Madrid – something he is desperate to put right with the Blues.

“It’s always special to play against a club like Real Madrid. Personally, my connection with Atletico Madrid gives it an additional kick – but there’s no difference in how much I want to win this match,” he added.

“Never defeating Real when I was with Atletico was a real regret for me – Atletico haven’t succeeded in beating them for many years – but I did get to score against them even if we never managed a win.

“Wednesday night will hopefully break that run for me.”

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