Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Man City

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Last Game

CSKA Mosc 2 - 2 Man City

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 17:00

Champions League Group E

Mancini: I believe in my team

Roberto Mancini knows Manchester City have slim chance of progressing in the UEFA Champions League but is refusing to give up on his side ahead of hosting Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 19/11/12 at 10:29 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City must beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City must beat Real Madrid on Wednesday

After a series of disappointing results, City now have only a mathematical chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

City have collected just two points from their opening four Group D matches and must win both their remaining fixtures - against Real and Borussia Dortmund, and hope other results go in their favour - to avoid premature elimination for a second successive year.

There are numerous permutations but the challenge facing City would seem an improbable one and manager Mancini has more or less admitted as much.

"It is finished," the Italian said. "I always believe in my team but now I think it is very difficult.

"We have two more difficult games left, which we have to try and win."

Nevertheless, the visit of nine-times European champions Real to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday will be a glamorous occasion for last season's Premier League winners.

Midfield talisman Yaya Toure said: "We have to continue to work hard.

"We have a couple of chances against Real Madrid at home and go to Dortmund. We have a chance to qualify. We have a fantastic squad."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

eah, if there's one thing football autobiographies need more of, it's mind numbing-inanity and platitudinous tales of bantz.

Hallicks
Robson blasts Keane book

W

e were a steaming pile of recently released dogs dinner.

popularpete,
Wenger: We refused to lose

I

m sure I'll be one of about 100 but the Monday's third allbum was actually Pill, Thrills n Bellyache. Brendan would kill for quality like that right now.

u man
Brendan Rodgers: Radiohead Or The Happy Mondays

Footer 365

FA seeks answers from Garry Monk over post-match criticism of referees

The FA has contacted Swansea manager Garry Monk regarding his post-match media comments after the game against Stoke.

Premier League: Didier Drogba hoping to lead Chelsea line at Old Trafford

Didier Drogba admits he is still getting up to speed at Chelsea, but has declared himself 'ready' to face Man Utd.

Carragher: Balotelli will leave Liverpool next season

Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season.

Mail Box

Oh Mario - Why Always Meh?

Come on in and play the Liverpool blame game. Is it the fault of Rodgers, Balotelli, Mignolet, Johnson, Markovic or Lovren? Plus, Arsenal fans annoyed in victory...

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property