City not ready to win Champions League, says Mancini

Mon Nov 5, 2012 4:39pm IST

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini gestures during a news conference at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England, November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini gestures during a news conference at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England, November 5, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

REUTERS - Manchester City's expensive squad are not ready to win the Champions League, manager Roberto Mancini said ahead of his side's must-win encounter with Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Despite having several of the world's costliest footballers in their ranks, the Premier League champions have struggled to make an impact in Europe's flagship competition and are bottom of Group D.

Defeat at home to the Dutch league champions would torpedo any lingering hopes City have of qualifying for the knockout stages and represent a second consecutive early exit.

"I don't think we're ready to win the Champions League," Mancini told reporters after his team stuttered to a 0-0 draw at West Ham United on Saturday.

"If we say we're ready to win it, we're not honest. In the Champions League it's clear that incredible situations can happen in February and March but we've been drawn in a tough group this year, like last year."

City's last outing in Europe ended in a 3-1 defeat in Amsterdam two weeks ago and that result, together with a 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid and a 1-1 home draw with Borussia Dortmund, has left their future in the competition dangling by a thread.

Mancini's team have also looked unimpressive in their last three Premier League games, scraping wins against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City before Saturday's stalemate with West Ham.

"We're a good team but we're not ready in the Champions League, like the other teams. Chelsea tried for 10 years to win the Champions League," Mancini said.

"They were probably the best team in Europe for 10 years and they won it (this year) after 10 years, probably when they didn't deserve to. They deserved to win it three or four years before.

"The Champions League is like this. If we win our next three games, then fantastic ... anything can happen. But the road is very long." (Writing by Toby Davis; editing by Tony Jimenez)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

SOCCER

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Asian Games

Asian Games

Ticket sales dragging with opening ceremony just days away.  Full Article 

Golf Update

Golf Update

Horschel wins Tour Championship, $10 million bonus.  Full Article 

Venus Loses

Venus Loses

Lucic-Baroni stuns Venus for first title in 16 years.  Full Article 

Davis Cup

Davis Cup

Brazil beat Spain and return to World Group.  Full Article 

Motor Racing

Motor Racing

The way Formula E begins: not with a whimper but a crash.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage