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City not ready to win: Mancini

2012-11-05 14:33

London - Manchester City's expensive squad are not ready to win the Champions League, manager Roberto Mancini said ahead of his side's must-win encounter with Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Despite having several of the world's costliest footballers in their ranks, the Premier League champions have struggled to make an impact in Europe's flagship competition and are bottom of Group D.

Defeat at home to the Dutch league champions would torpedo any lingering hopes City have of qualifying for the knockout stages and represent a second consecutive early exit.

"I don't think we're ready to win the Champions League," Mancini told reporters after his team stuttered to a 0-0 draw at West Ham United on Saturday.

"If we say we're ready to win it, we're not honest. In the Champions League it's clear that incredible situations can happen in February and March but we've been drawn in a tough group this year, like last year."

City's last outing in Europe ended in a 3-1 defeat in Amsterdam two weeks ago and that result, together with a 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid and a 1-1 home draw with Borussia Dortmund, has left their future in the competition dangling by a thread.

Mancini's team have also looked unimpressive in their last three Premier League games, scraping wins against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City before Saturday's stalemate with West Ham.

"We're a good team but we're not ready in the Champions League, like the other teams. Chelsea tried for 10 years to win the Champions League," Mancini said.

"They were probably the best team in Europe for 10 years and they won it (this year) after 10 years, probably when they didn't deserve to. They deserved to win it three or four years before.

"The Champions League is like this. If we win our next three games, then fantastic ... anything can happen. But the road is very long."

Reuters

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-11-05 15:00

    Mancini is to blame, he is got the powerful Mario Ballotelli and he is not using him

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-05 15:03

    the world's richest club and best set of players and still last in their group, embarrassing for all local man city fans . . . all 5 of u!

      dave.e.richman - 2012-11-05 15:50

      Lol dhirshan ..... Not any more bud. They're popping up all over the place.... You can even buy their shirt at the robot now..... Just as it was impossible to find anyone prepared to own up to supporting Chelsea prior to 2002 - contrast that against all the 'Chelsea till I Die' comments on these forums lately - same thing happening to City...... The bandwagons are PACKED!!!!

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 06:54

      Dave The shirts that you can buy at the robots are the one the other 5 don't want anymore

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-05 15:36

    Mancini is not going to endear himself to the expectant owners and fans of the richest club with such realistic statements. They just want to win everything on offer and will accept no excuses. Even with the superstars in the ranks, they sometimes look ordinary, even against relatively mediocre EPL opponents. And I notice that he blames himself for his teams dismal performances too often. Seems to me that he is as star-struck of his team as most fans are.

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