Walker ready as City prepare for Real test

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Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City will probably have to improve on their first-leg performance against Real Madrid to progress to the Champions League final.

City are 4-3 up in the last-four clash with Real after a pulsating initial encounter at the Etihad Stadium last week.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu, City boss Guardiola said: "Yes, probably we will have to be better (than in the first leg to go through).

"But at the same time I would like to tell you one thing - we could play much, much worse than we played and we could win, and not anyone can deny my assessment is right.

"So nobody knows, football is unpredictable. Sometimes you get something you don't deserve, sometimes you don't get something maybe you deserve, for the effort, for many things."

The tie is a showdown between the table-toppers in England and Spain, City battling it out with Liverpool at the Premier League summit while Real last weekend reclaimed the LaLiga title.

Guardiola, whose side are looking to reach the final of this competition for a second successive season, a year on from ending as runners-up to Chelsea, added: "I think it is two good teams and we saw it one week ago when we played. They are the champions in Spain, we are trying to be champions.

"To try to be in another final, a second year in a row, is our target.

"We saw the game (last week), the good things, and the other things we have to improve, and we are going to try to do it.

"The past is the past, this is another game. We know it is 180 minutes, two legs. What has happened has happened.

"The fact we've been there quite often in the last years, in these big games or scenarios, in terms of 'yeah, we've been here', when you won - that helps. But that does not guarantee that you are going to play good or perform well. This is what we are going to try to do."

Guardiola was asked about Real's Luka Modric claiming that if the Spanish side produced their best performance, they would make the final, and said: "Every team thinks if they play their best they have more chance to beat their opponent. That is normal. We feel it too."

Kyle Walker could return to action after missing the last five matches due to an ankle injury.

The England defender is back in training and Guardiola confirmed he will travel to Spain, with a late decision to be made. Centre-half John Stones remains sidelined.

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