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City boss Pellegrini rules Silva out of decisive leg

By Andy Hampson

Published 27/04/2016

Injury blow: Manuel Pellegrini has lost star midfielder David Silva
Injury blow: Manuel Pellegrini has lost star midfielder David Silva

Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart are ready for "a rumble" when Manchester City travel to the Bernabeu for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid - but they will have to do so without David Silva.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini ruled out the midfielder, who picked up an injury in last night's 0-0 draw at the Etihad.

He said: "He has a hamstring (injury), I don't think he will be fit in one week. We defended very well, we tried to create until David was injured, after that we lost the ball too much and did not create clear chances.

"We play very well away, we beat Sevilla and drew against Paris St Germain. We will go to the Bernabeu and there will be more space, Real Madrid must attack a little bit more."

City skipper Kompany said: "Nil-nil is a very dangerous score. From the moment we manage to score in Madrid, it will be a very different game.

"It's a good result, it's hard to keep a clean sheet against a good attacking team. We can be proud of what we've achieved. Harty had to pull off a few saves, mainly on set-pieces, so we need to look at that next time and make sure that doesn't happen."

England keeper Hart added: "We're not disappointed, we've set it up for a good old-fashioned rumble in the Bernabeu. We're ready, the way we set up, we've got a brilliant squad."

Real's Gareth Bale played down the effect of Cristiano Ronaldo's injury and expressed confidence for the home leg.

"We knew Cris was injured and Karim (Benzema) had a little problem at half-time," he said. "But we're all united as a team and just get on with it."

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