Wednesday, 21st November, 2012
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has told Manchester City that they are heading out of the Champions League, regardless of the result when the two meet this evening (preview here).
Roberto Mancini’s men are in a tough spot in their Champions League group and must beat Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, followed by German champions Borussia Dortmund, to stand any chance of progress.
Currently the Citizens are bottom of their group on two points, behind Ajax on four points, Real Madrid on seven points and Borussia Dortmund on eight points.
One big club is definitely heading out of the Champions League at the group stage regardless of results – and Mourinho is sure that it will be the English champions.
"I think this season they will be out", Mourinho told his opponents’ official site.
"They have a team to compete against Real Madrid – they can win and they can do the same against Borussia but eight points is not enough, so I think City will be the big team to be out."
The Portuguese then mused that it will be a surprise if the Citizens do crash out, as big clubs should not exit the Champions League at the group stage of the competition.
"I think that City are one of the teams that can win the competition.
"I don’t think it’s normal when you are out of the competition at this very early stage as a big team."
Manchester City will nevertheless be aiming to exact a measure of revenge against Real Madrid this evening, to make up for when Los Blancos put the Citizens to the sword 3-2 in the earlier group game between the two at the Bernabeu.
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