Dortmund v Man City: We’ve haven’t embarrassed ourselves – Mancini
Dortmund v Man City: Roberto Mancini insists the Citizens have not embarrassed themselves in Europe despite failing to win
Roberto Mancini has insisted Manchester City have not “embarrassed” themselves in the Champions League this season ahead of their final group game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
City have failed to register a victory in Europe after losing away to Ajax and Real Madrid, while drawing against all three of their group-stage opponents at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite propping up their group, Mancini believes the German and Spanish champions have simply been too good for the Eastlands outfit.
“We are disappointed because we wanted to reach the second round,” said Mancini.
“But I believe that there are times when there are teams in football that are better than you and you have to respect that.
“We have to accept that Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid played better than we did and we’ll have to try again next season. But it was not an embarrassment.”
The Citizens will qualify for the Europa League if they beat the Bundesliga champions in Germany and Ajax fail to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
And Mancini is keen for the Eastlands outfit to finish third to give them a chance of reaching the Amsterdam showpiece in May.
“In the Europa League you play on Thursdays, so that’s a bit tricky, but we still want to make it and will try everything to go through and then go as far as possible there,” added Mancini.
Pre-match facts: Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City
• Dortmund overcame Manchester United 2-0 on aggregate in the 1996-97 Champions League semi-final en route to winning the trophy. Lars Ricken, now head of the club’s youth department, got the only goal of the second leg at Old Trafford.
• With three wins and three draws, Dortmund have never lost at home to English visitors. Ivan Perišić preserved that unbeaten record with his 88th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the 2011-12 group stage.
• City lost 2-0 at Bayern München in last season’s Champions League, but did beat the Bavarian side 2-0 at home in their final group stage fixture.
• City’s record in Germany is W1 D0 L4. Their solitary success was a 2-0 victory at FC Schalke 04 in the 2008/09 Uefa Cup group stage, in which Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany played.