Khedira wants to fight fire with fire
Sami Khedira has said Real Madrid can win at Manchester City if they impose their own attacking strengths, although the midfielder is wary of the home side's own firepower.
Madrid travel to Manchester on Wednesday in high spirits, looking to complete a double over City which would all but guarantee their place in the last 16 and boost their chances of overtaking Borussia Dortmund to top the final group standings.
"If we play a tight game, competing for every ball and trying to impose your style of play, I think we have a good chance," Khedira said. "We must concentrate on trying to play our own way there, not letting ourselves to be influenced by the opponent's style, but instead imposing our strength in attack."
Khedira admitted that City also had their own attacking danger men in Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Ballotelli, but would not single out any particular individual.
"Each one of these players has too much quality for us to concentrate on just one of them," he said. "Each has enormous quality and can decide a match. It does not matter who plays, we will have to be very alert to try to control them. They are amongst the best in the world."
The German international, 25, who returned from a hamstring injury with a goal against Athletic on Saturday night, says he feels he is currently playing the best football of his career.
"I feel like I am a better player than in previous seasons, but as a footballer you should never say now I am at my best age," he said. "I think I am playing at a very good level, but there is always room for improvement, in every aspect."
City playmaker David Silva, meanwhile, has said his team must take risks to beat Real Madrid at Eastlands.
Roberto Mancini's men go into the game rock bottom of Group D with just two points from four games, a situation which the Spain international said gave them no option but to attack Madrid.
"We must go out to win," Silva told AS on Tuesday. "We have no other option. We know we will run risks, but it has to be like that."
Roberto Mancini's side were three minutes away from a win at Madrid in their opening group game, before late goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo turned the match on its head.
Silva said beginning the campaign like this had been a blow to City's confidence, and fans expecting immediate European success must be more patient.
"The Bernabeu game was a blow as we were 2-1 up with the game almost finished," he said. "If we had won we would have gained a different mentality. We have a team to do well in Europe. Two years ago we were fighting for fourth place. Since then we have won three trophies and now people are asking us to win the Champions League.
"There should be a bit more patience. Ourselves, the players and the coaching staff, are the first who want to do well in Europe. Mancini is a coach who wants to grow."
Beating Madrid at Eastlands would help City feel more confident on the biggest European stage, Silva said.
"Our aim is to win and keep the confidence we have," he said. "Now we are faced with the hardest task and if we can win everything is better. It is difficult, but if we qualify we will make a jump in quality."
The former Valencia player was substituted by Mancini with City ahead in that game, and received loud applause from the Bernabeu's stands. He said this was for winning the World Cup and European Championships with Spain, not a message to Madrid's president Florentino Perez to sign him up.
"It is an honour for any player," Silva said. "That a stadium like Madrid's applauds you is something gratifying and I did not expect it. I see it as them valuing my work at City and, above all, for having won important trophies with the national team."