Mancini rues missed chances

Roberto Mancini rued missed chances after Manchester City succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Group D winners Borussia Dortmund.

Last Updated: 05/12/12 at 07:51 Post Comment

Julian Schieber scored the winner after 57 minutes to consign Mancini's side to the bottom of the group, having failed to win any of their six games.

"I don't think we lost our qualification tonight. We lost before tonight," said Mancini.

"We had the chance to score but if in these moments you don't score it's difficult to win.

"We are not in the Europa League, and for this we should be disappointed.

"I think last season we did better but this year we had a very difficult group. If you make a mistake in the first two to three games it is difficult to recover.

"Clearly this can help us in the Premier League because we won't be playing in the Europa League but we wanted to. That was our target tonight."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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