Jack Grealish is confident of reaching the Champions League final after Manchester City fought back to a draw in the first leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid.
Kevin De Bruyne scored an impressive equalizer at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night as City came from behind to draw 1-1 after an equally brilliant start from Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.
The result leaves the tie delicately prepared for next week’s second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
City are seeking revenge for their loss to Real at the same stage last season and Grealish feels the Premier League side’s home record gives them the advantage.
The England midfielder told BT Sport: “We have a new team this year, different players.
“We have learned a lot since last year. Now we have the perfect balance of experience and some young people who are just world class.
“I think we have quality and I have never felt so confident going on the pitch and having these players around me.
“Within ourselves at the Etihad, we felt unstoppable there. We came here to try to win, but losing a goal shows our character; It’s always hard to play in a place like this.
“In the end I think it was a fair result. They had their chances, we had some too.”
City controlled much of the opening game, but Real soaked up the pressure and hit them with a fine counter-attacking goal.
City manager Pep Guardiola praised his team for the way they defended when under heavy pressure.
Guardiola said: “It was a very close match. Congratulations to the team because this team (La Real) is always so difficult because of its history and also because of its quality.
“We started very well and when we were better they made an incredible transition (and scored).
“When they were better than us in the second half, we scored. It is open to Manchester, it will be a final for our people and we are looking forward to it.”
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti was booked amid the commotion on the touchline as De Bruyne celebrated his 67th-minute equalizer.
The Italian later revealed that he had complained about the ball being offside in the build-up to City’s goal. He also claimed that he had seen proof that he was right.
Ancelotti said: “The ball was out of bounds. The technology said it and I don’t understand why the VAR didn’t check it
“The referee didn’t pay attention to a lot of things tonight.”
Ancelotti, however, was quite happy with his team’s performance and the state of the tie.
He said: “We have to play like this again next week. Our strategy was good, we didn’t worry when they had possession.
“Then the second half was completely different. We had the ball and we created chances. We are very satisfied. “