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Mancini on City's European Failure

  • Guardian, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:39 PM

Manchester City crashed out of Europe on Tuesday night, falling 1-0 away to Borussia Dortmund and finishing the UEFA Champions League with just three points, the lowest point total of any English team in the competition’s history. The result meant that the reigning English Premier League champion finished at the bottom of Group D, failing to even qualify for the Europa League.

After the game, coach Roberto Mancini blamed the club’s early exit in Europe on a tough group and poor finishing. "If you want to win games you have to score and at the moment we have this big problem,” the Italian said, adding: "There were four teams in our group that could win a Champions League, and we made some mistakes in the opening few games and we didn't get time to recover." City only managed to score four goals in its last five games in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp was an unlikely source of encouragement for Mancini & Co. "I'm still very impressed by the quality that Manchester City have in their team but tactically we could minimize their threats," the German said. "It's a very good team. And the quality of English soccer is still strong." That being said, he added: "We are a very difficult team to play against – and I'm sure the teams who finish second in their groups aren't looking us and saying: 'We want to play them.’” Dortmund finished on top of Group C with 14 points from 6 games. 

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