Cruz Azul’s Argentine striker Mariano Pavone says he is well aware of the threat Real Madrid pose ahead of their Club World Cup clash in Morocco.
The Mexicans will face the Spanish giants in the semi-final of the tournament and Pavone told FIFA’s official website that nobody could take away his team’s dream of reaching the final.
“We know the strength of Real Madrid, their stars, and all about their 20-game winning streak, but with our humility, determination and hard work we’ll try to get there.”
Pavone, who has been on the winning side against Madrid twice during his time in Spain with Real Betis, believes his teammates have the know-how to overcome Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
“We must be focused and take our chances but we have players out wide who are quick and can exploit the fact Madrid play high up the pitch, but it will need to be a game where we are at 110 per cent and they have a bad day,” he admitted.
Pavone’s extra-time goal against Western Sydney Wanderers earned his side the right to face the European champions.
“We were on the brink of going out but showed some real heart,” declared the experienced 32-year-old.