Manchester City or Arsenal - Real Madrid reveal who they fear most...

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid topped Group B with 16 points, and now manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking towards the knockout stages. But which English side does he fear?

Los Blancos had comfortably qualified as group winners even before their 2-0 win at Copenhagen in the final group match, but goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the goals to assert Madrid dominance.

Carlo Ancelotti's side will now be turning their attention to the knockout round, where they could face a number of tricky appointments. Their first place finish in Group B means that they will face a runner-up from another group, and whilst that may make their passage into the next round a little smoother, former Chelsea boss Ancelotti has declared which team he wants to avoid in Monday's draw,

"I think that Manchester City will be the most dangerous team among those who finish second in their sections", Ancelotti said. "For us, it's important to continue along this path and look to get even better".

Manuel Pellegrini, former manager of Real Madrid, is currently in charge of City, and he led them to a sensational comeback in Munich. With two goals in the first 11 minutes, Bayern raced into the ascendancy and it looked as though City were going to suffer another miserable night at the hands of the Germany champions, but goals from David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner turned the game on its head.

However, it wasn't enough to overhaul Bayern at the top of the group, as Pep Guardiola's side hung onto top spot, meaning City are now in Madrid's sights as a runner up. The other potential opponents are Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, FC Schalke, Arsenal, Zenit St. Petersburg and AC Milan. 

City are definitely one of the bigger names from that list, though it's interesting to see that Ancelotti is more worried about facing Pellegrini's side than current Premier League leaders Arsenal. The Gunners have enjoyed a sensational start to the season in both the Premier League and Champions League. Their 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Germany showed that they can compete with the biggest teams in the tournament, whilst former Madrid playmaker and current Arsenal star Mesut Ozil could be out for revenge after his acrimonious exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.

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