Let’s get ready to rumble: Joe Hart sends Real Madrid a Champions League warning

The City keeper was at his brilliant best to deny the Spanish giants twice inside four minutes late on, first stopping a Casemiro header with his left boot on 78 minutes then blocking a Pepe shot at point blank range three minutes later.

His stops ensured City will travel to Madrid next Wednesday promising a battle for Real Madrid and still believing they can make the final in the San Siro at the end of next month.

“We are not disappointed with the result,” said Hart. “We are ready. We have a brilliant squad who are coming to fruition. Big game next week, simple as. It is set up for a good old fashioned rumble at the Bernabeu.”

Real Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo for tonight’s match after the striker failed a late fitness test. They lost Karim Benzema to a knee injury during the tie. Both men will be assessed this week.

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