Manchester City midfielder James Milner has stressed that his side have not yet given up hope of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League, and has promised the team will keep fighting to qualify right until the end.
Roberto Mancini's side face Real Madrid on Wednesday at the Etihad stadium, a game they must win to stay in contention for a place in the next round. But even if City do beat Madrid, they will also have to beat Borussia Dortmund in Germany and hope Ajax can draw with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.
"We'll be going for it, make no mistake and we will continue to believe until it becomes mathematically impossible," Milner told the club's official website.
"We'll be going out to win and unlikely as it is that we will go through, we want to win our remaining two games and give ourselves at least half a chance and if that's not good enough, at least we can finish with our heads held high knowing that we kept going until the end.
Milner also said he does not fear playing against Cristiano Ronaldo.
"You want to play against the best players and even though it will be a difficult job that someone like Zabaleta will probably be given, if I was asked to mark Ronaldo I would be happy to and do it to the best of my ability.
"He's a top player, but we have a lot of very good players, too so we'll look to keep him quiet and do the damage up the other end of the pitch and see where that takes us."
The England international also declared that City would not be in awe of the Spanish giants, the most successful team in the history of the competition.
"We are professionals who are representing Manchester City and every time you pull on that shirt you go out and give 100% and prove you are worthy of playing for this club - I think we've proved we try to do that whenever we play and that won't change on Wednesday night."