Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stressed there is more to Real Madrid than just Cristiano Ronaldo. The record-breaking Portuguese forward is an injury doubt for tonight's (4 May) Champions League semi-final, but Pellegrini has warned his players that Real boast numerous attacking threats.
Ronaldo, 31, missed the first leg in Manchester with a thigh problem, although he is expected to start for Madrid tonight. The Chilean boss admitted Ronaldo is able to influence the outcome of the tie, but said his team must be wary of Madrid's other star players, too.
"Cristiano will always be a different player – he scores a lot of goals and has throughout his six years here," the City boss said during a pre-match press conference, according to ESPN.
"However, I don't think Real are just Cristiano Ronaldo. We must work as a team defending and attacking. Not just against Ronaldo but against Real Madrid. Our motivation must be to reach a final which we've never done before against a great team in a beautiful stadium. It's important tomorrow because it's high pressure but we have the personality and the football to beat them."
Meanwhile, Pellegrini revealed that only two members of his squad – David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta – will miss the game in Madrid through injury. "The only injury in the squad was David Silva, he cannot play, and Pablo Zabaleta, he has a muscle injury from the last game he played against Southampton. All of the rest of the players in the squad are fit," the City boss said.