5th of November 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Manchester City manager Robert Mancini has called on his team to regain the attacking enthusiasm which helped them win last season's Premier League title. The Citizens host Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday and will need to score and win to retain hope of qualification.
"Maybe we conceded a lot of goals when we started the season," said Mancini. "Now, we've improved our defensive phase but we need to start scoring like last year and I think we need to improve our offensive phase." The Italian has already admitted his side need "a miracle" to qualify from the Champions League group in which they have only managed one point from their opening three games. Last week's 3-1 defeat at Ajax left Man City bottom of Group D with three matches left. Ajax are two points above City in third spot, with Borussia Dortmund top on seven points and Real Madrid second on six. In this situation it's likely that City will miss out on the last 16 for the second consecutive season.
However, Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Premier League, but they threw away the opportunity to join Manchester United at the top of the table after a goalless draw with West Ham on Saturday. It was the first time in seven months that the Premier League champions have failed to score in a game. "We should have done something better," midfielder Samir Nasri said after the West Ham match. "We missed so many chances and when you miss these kinds of chances you cannot expect to win the game so we have to improve."
Here are the odds from Bet365 for Tuesday's Champions League clash:
Mancheste City to win - 2/5
Draw - 15/4
Ajax to win - 7/1
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