Real Madrid's record against English sides
Real Madrid host English champions Manchester City tonight and Roberto Mancini will be hoping to achieve something that only two English sides have managed in European competitions . . . beat Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Arsenal were the first English side to beat Real Madrid at home in 2006 thanks to a sensational solo goal from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. The Gunners took a 1-0 lead back to north London and held on to knock the Spanish giants out of the competition, as Arsenal went on to face Barcelona in the final.
Three years later Liverpool joined that exclusive club, thanks to Yossi Benayoun's head. The Israeli international, who is currently back at West Ham United on loan, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead to take back to Anfield, and boy did they make the most of it. They sent the Spanish giants packing with a 4-0 defeat, 5-0 on aggregate.
Tottenham aimed to make it a hat-trick of wins for English clubs at the Bernabeu in 2011, but Harry Redknapp's men were torn apart, losing the game 4-0. And that's the risk for Manchester City fans. If you give Real Madrid a sniff of a chance they will punish you. But City have the chance to do something their fierce rivals United have failed to manage in four attempts.
United were the first English team to face Madrid in Europe in 1956/57 but left the Bernabeu on the back of a 3-1 defeat. Eleven years later, United recorded a 3-3 draw there, beating Real at home as Matt Busby's side went on to reach the final and clinch the European Cup for the first time. In 2000 United returned to the Bernabeu and recorded a goalless draw. Three years later they were shot down 3-1. The mighty Manchester United are still waiting for their first win at the Bernabeu. Could City go there tonight and beat them at the first time of asking? It will be a tough ask.
Derby County were given a football lesson in the 1975/76 season as they lost 5-1, while Leeds United put up a better fight in 2001 in the group stages as they lost out in a five-goal thriller.
In the UEFA Cup Ipswich Town played out a goalless draw there in 1973 as did Spurs in 1985, but whereas the Tractor Boys saw them off 1-0 at Portman Road, Spurs lost 1-0 at the Lane.
Real Madrid will start as favourites for tonight game and Ronaldo in particular will want to put City in their place. The visitors may be sitting in the top four but they have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and that will be a huge concern for Roberto Mancini, who will have his own scores to settle with Jose Mourinho.
Two defeats in 11 games against English opposition is quite a feat. Can City make it three in 12? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.
To view Manchester City's record against Spanish sides, click here