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Mancini upset at Euro exit

Roberto Mancini has hit out at Manchester City’s inability to qualify for the Europa League after Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

A second-half strike from Julian Schieber was enough to see off the Premier League champions, who finished bottom of Champions League Group D without a win and with three points from six games.

Mancini insisted that he told his team to go out and win and ensure they remain in European competition in the New Year.

“Yeah, we wanted this (to qualify for the Europa League) but we have to score.” Mancini told Sky Sports.

“Tonight we tried but we are missing more players. We had chances but in this moment we can’t score, if you don’t score it’s difficult to win.”

Elimination from Europe could be a blessing in disguise with City currently three points behind rivals Manchester United as they attempt to defend their Premier League title but, when put to Mancini, the Italian was keen to focus on an underwhelming Champions League campaign.

He added: “In this moment we cannot think about this, we should think that we are not in the Europa League and for this we should be disappointed.

“Clearly, this can help us for the Premier League because we don’t play in the Europa League but we want to play in it, it was our target tonight.”

Mancini highlighted the improvement of opponents Borussia Dortmund in this season’s competition from last year and drew comparison with his own side, adding that City side can make a fresh impression next term.

“Champions League is really difficult and strange,” he added.

“Borussia Dortmund went out of the group last year in fourth position like us, and this season they can win the competition.”

Tue 4 December, 2012
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1 Comment:

  1. Zishan says:

    Ohh my god :O

    “Borussia Dortmund went out of the group last year in fourth position like us, and this season they can win the competition.”

    Is he trying to say that MC can win the CL next season. Come back to earth Mancini.

    Its a shame for MC going out of a prestigious competition at such an early stage, given the astronomical sums of money spent on wages and in buying new players.

    I wonder whether the players at MC will still like to sit back and relish the winter break at MC as the transfer window opens soon. Also, its worth the wait to see who is the stupid player who will sign for MC now.
    Lets watch :)

    Mancini if you had some dignity in your blood and some grey matter in your head, you would have resigned by now. Its a SHAME to see how u still relish the good money at MC, despite such considerable FAILURE.

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