Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence would have vastly helped Real Madrid turn the tie around against Manchester City, says Emmanuel Adebayor.
Real Madrid travel to the Etihad on August 7 to face Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League Last 16 round.
It will be a challenge for the record 13-time winners to proceed into the quarter-finals as they find themselves at a 2-1 disadvantage.
Also, they will be without their captain, also arguably their most pivotal player, Sergio Ramos, who was sent off in the first leg.
Zinedine Zidane’s men, however, were in sumptuous form towards the end of title-winning La Liga season. They remain unbeaten, winning 10 and drawing one, ever since football resumed in June.
A former striker believes getting past Man City is not going to be easy, but he insists Los Blancos do have men who are well capable of stepping up and changing the course of a match.
Emmanuel Adebayor told AS: “Madrid would have been favorite with Cristiano. Back then, they had Cristiano who is a goal machine. He can make the difference at any moment and he would give team 50 goals a season.
“They lost the first leg at home, at the Bernabéu 1-2, and it’s going to be very difficult with the fans, against Manchester City, the city, the weather… but it’s not impossible.
“Madrid have players with a lot of experience like Marcelo, Benzema, Courtois and they are used to playing in big games like this one.”