The Citizens need to beat their Dutch opponents at the Etihad Stadium to have any hope of reaching the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition this season.
Mancini said that despite his squad does possessing players with Champions League experience, collectively the Citizens are still learning the ropes.
“It is our second year in the Champions League and so we probably need more experience – not as players, because we have some who have played in the Champions League many times, but as a team,” said Mancini.
“We also need some luck, because this group is very difficult and we made some mistakes in the games against Madrid and Ajax.
“Our first home game was against Borussia Dortmund and we probably didn’t deserve a point, but against Madrid and Ajax we had a lot of chances to close the game and to score goals.
“We had the chance to win, but instead we didn’t take any points. But that changes nothing.”
• City are hosting Dutch opposition for the third time having twice got the better of Twente. They won 3-2 to secure a 4-3 aggregate success in the 1978-79 Uefa Cup first round, with Brian Kidd, now first-team coach, scoring the second goal.
• Ajax ended a 40-year wait for an away victory over English opponents when beating City’s neighbours United 2-1 in last season’s Europa League round of 32.
• Mario Balotelli’s late penalty equaliser against Dortmund on matchday two means City have still not lost a European home tie since a 1-0 reverse against Midtjylland in the 2008/09 Uefa Cup second qualifying round.
• Ajax’s overall record away to English sides is W2 D4 L4. Their only other success was a 1-0 victory at Arsenal in the 1971-72 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals.
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