Manchester City are in Germany to play Borussia Dortmund in their final Champions League game needing victory to stand a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
Roberto Mancini’s men have already been eliminated from Europe’s elite competition after only picking up three points from their first five matches. However, if City could beat Group D leaders Dortmund in their own back yard they could leap-frog Ajax and qualify for the Europa League if the Dutch champions fail to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
There is a feeling among many City supporters that they would rather not enter the Europa League as they would rather concentrate on their Premier League title defence, but Mancini insists he will be going all-out for victory tonight.
Dortmund are without Neven Subotic after he limped off against Bayern Munich on Saturday with a hip problem.
Midfielders Sebastian Kehl and Sven Benderare also out while there are doubts over Mario Gotze, Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski but the trio should play.
David Silva is missing for City with a hamstring injury and is in a race to be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday, and he’s joined by James Milner on the sidelines after he picked up his own hamstring problem.
Yaya Toure is suspended while Mancini will also be without the injured Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy and Micah Richards. Centre-back Kolo Toure is ineligible.
City have been a huge disappointment in the Champions League this season and the Europa League will hardly be considered a worthy consolation prize for the Premier League champions. But we don’t think Mancini’s men will get the win they need tonight to snatch third, which will probably be seen as a blessing in disguise in the blue half of Manchester. Dortmund 1-1 Man City.
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