Former Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes the Whites would have had a chance against Manchester City if Cristiano Ronaldo is still with the team.
The Los Blancos travel to England to face Pep Guardiola’s side in the second leg of the round of 16 on Friday.
Adebayor thinks it is an uphill task for Zinedine Zidane’s men to overturn the 2-1 first leg deficit against the Citizens without Ronaldo.
“If you had asked me that question two years ago, I would have said yes Madrid can turn the tie around,” Adebayor said.
“Madrid would have been favourites with Cristiano. Back then, they had Cristiano, who is a goal machine. He can make the difference at any moment and he would give the team 50 goals a season.
“They lost the first leg at home and it’s going to be very difficult without the fans, against Manchester City, the city, the weather but it’s not impossible.
“Madrid have players with a lot of experience like Marcelo, [Karim] Benzema, [Thibaut] Courtois and they are used to playing in big games like this one.”
Real Madrid let go of the Portuguese captain who scored 451 goals in nine years at the Bernabeu. He became the club’s highest goalscorer but was sold to Juventus in 2018.
The former Togolese captain says the 13 time European champion weren’t ready for Cristiano’s exit and didn’t understand how difficult it will be to replace a player of such calibre in the team.
“Without Cristiano, Madrid know what they have lost, but maybe not what they could have won if he was still there.
“I think maybe they thought they would get another player like Ronaldo but players like him only come along once every 200 years.”
France striker Karim Benzema has shoulder the burden of scoring goals in the team by firing them to the Laliga title this season. Adebayor was impressed by the French man and feels he could pose serious threat against Manchester City.
“When Ronaldo left, he had to take up the responsibility and I think he’s done really well.
“He’s scored a lot of goals, important goals so he’ll be a danger, no doubt about it.”