Mancini laments European failure

by Michelle Fortune , 05 December 2012

Roberto Mancini is looking to the positives following Manchester City's failure to qualify for the Europa League.

The Premier League champions needed to beat Borussia Dortmund to have any chance of qualifying for Europe's secondary competition, but they slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Germany to leave their European hopes in tatters.

To make matters worse they became the first English side not to record a single victory in the group stages of the Champions League.

The only consolation is they will now have an easier schedule in the quest to defend their Premier League crown, but Mancini insists his side are gutted to have missed out on the Europa League.

"We are not in the Europa League and for this we are disappointed. Last season we did better. This year we had a very difficult group and if you make a mistake in the first games, it's difficult.

"Clearly it's better for the Premier League because we don't play in the Europa League, but we wanted to play in the Europa League, that was our target tonight."

Mancini took a depleted squad to Germany but the damage was done before Tuesday's defeat as City picked up just three points out of a possible 18.

"Tonight we tried but we were missing players. We tried to score but if you don't score it is difficult to win," the Italian told Sky Sports.

"We wanted this, but to win we need to score. We had a chance, but we didn't. If you don't score it's difficult."

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