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Sterling: Real Madrid win proved City can win Champions League

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Manchester City’s victory over Real Madrid proved they have the ‘energy and fight’ needed to succeed in the Champions League, says Raheem Sterling.

Sterling was on target last Friday as Manchester City defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the return leg of their last-16 tie, securing passage into the quarter-finals with a 4-2 aggregate victory.

The Citizens capitalized on Raphael Varane errors at the Etihad Stadium, with Sterling and Gabriel Jesus taking home the spoils. And while Karim Benzema scored for Madrid, City deservedly won the tie.

Now Pep Guardiola’s side face Lyon in the next round with a renewed sense of confidence, aware they just eliminated the record 13-time winners. The question is can they translate that into a first Champions League title?

“We were extra hungry (against Real Madrid),” said Sterling, according to the Independent.

“I think the mentality since we got back in – day one after lockdown – has been how much we want this. We’ve got [the] energy to progress in this competition. Energy and fight – we showed that against Madrid throughout the game.

“There are teams in this competition with great quality. We have to keep up the energy and play our football. We want to go out there and play our football.”

Sterling added: “The most important thing is to run and give 100 percent for every minute we are in the competition.

“It’s a new format and it’s one we are ready for. All we can do now is go over there and run our socks off. That will make the difference and decide whether we progress or not.”