Even though a staggering £500million has been pumped into Manchester City in order to ensure their Premier League dominancy, it seems that boss Roberto Mancini isn’t convinced that their success in England will be mirrored internationally.
Following a 2-1 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday, Man City must pull out a win against Bayern Munich in their final Group A fixture in order to be in with a chance of progression. Even if they do take the three points, they must then hope that an ailing Villareal squad can score their first points of the League against the strong Napoli side.
Club boss Mancini was refreshingly honest about City’s disappointing position, saying: "We hope we can beat Bayern Munich and Napoli can lose a point at Villarreal but I think we should be realistic.
"I don't think we have a team to win the Champions League because Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan are maybe better and they have more experience than us in the Champions League."
If Bayern defeat them or Villareal fail to get a point they will drop into the Europa League, where they may well be joined by rivals Manchester United if the reds fail to defeat Basel on December 7th. Speaking of City’s possible demotion to Europa, Mancini said: "I hope we can stay in the Champions League but if we go into the Europa League we will try to win it.
"It is not like the Champions League but for us it is an important trophy. I hope we can stay, because after the Champions League group stage it is strange. If you go into the second stage maybe you can meet APOEL Nicosia or Bayer Leverkusen and you can go through — but I don't know what can happen.”
Despite his doubt as to whether the club would remain in the League Mancini was still confident in his team’s losing performance against Napoli, saying: "We did everything and I think we did a good game."
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