The Premier League holders failed to reach the knock-out stages for a second successive season and have struggled to recover their morale since, according to the SpaniardManchester City playmaker David Silva admits the reigning Premier League champions were left “damaged” and “broken” in the wake of their Champions League group exit.
City’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid confirmed their elimination from the competition, and victory is needed against Borussia Dortmund to qualify for the Europa League.
“To go out of the Champions League was terrible,” Silva told The Sun. “It’s a real pain and has damaged us a lot.
“The dressing room was a very unhappy place after the Real game and in our two games since, at Chelsea and Wigan, it has been very hard to recover our morale.
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“We so nearly beat Real Madrid, for instance. All the squad was dreaming of a big season in Europe and now we are unhappy after stumbling for the second successive year.”
Although morale took a big hit, Silva believes defeat in Europe has increased City’s determination to reclaim their Premier League crown.
“But being KO’d from the Champions League has increased our efforts to win the Premier League again — although I must say because everyone wants to beat us we have to work so hard and it is difficult to maintain a constant rhythm," he added.