Champions League

City boss: My job is safe

2014-12-10 13:05
Manuel Pellegrini (AFP)
Cape Town - Manuel Pellegrini believes his Manchester City future is not dependent on getting the required result at Roma, according to the Guardian.

The Citizens have one last attempt to secure a passage into the knock-out phase of the Champions League but need to get past Rudi Garcia's Roma side away on Wednesday evening.

Manchester City star Samir Nasri said that while he City "have more qualities" than their Italian foes, there will be "new players" at the Etihad if the English league champions taste defeat.

Will those new faces extend to the coaching staff? Manuel Pellegrini does not think so. The Chilean mentor insists his job is safe. 

“No, I don’t think so." responded Pellegrini to the question of whether his job was on the line against Roma.

"It’s an important game and we all want to qualify but I don’t think what happens will have any link to my future.

"I never received any kind of pressure from the club. I think we will qualify but it has nothing to do with my future here.”

City can call upon captain Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho for the clash against Roma. 

Roma host Manchester City at the Olimpico with kick-off set for 21:45. 

Manchester City's Champions League qualification scenarios:

Manchester City will progress to the last 16 of the Champions League if they beat Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow fail to defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany.

City can still progress if they secure a score draw and CSKA Moscow lose to Bayern. However, if both games end in a draw, then Roma progress.

CSKA Moscow must beat Bayern, and hope Roma do not beat City, to qualify. If CSKA and City both win, then the Russians will qualify because of their superior head-to-head record.

Any of the bottom three sides could finish in the Europa League.


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