Ajax clash is ‘last chance’ for Manchester City, says Mancini

The Italian has admitted his side will see their Champions League hopes completely extinguished should they fail to defeat Frank de Boer's side on Tuesday night
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has labelled his side’s Champions League clash with Ajax on Tuesday night as their “last chance” to stay in the competition.

City have already suffered defeat to Frank de Boer's men this season and, having lost to Real Madrid and drawn at home against Borussia Dortmund, the English side are close to elimination.

17/2 Manchester City are 17/2 with bet365 to stumble to a 1-1 draw with Ajax tonight
But, despite Joleon Lescott and James Milner joining David Silva, Jack Rodwell and Maicon on the injury list for the visit of Ajax, Mancini insists that the fit members his squad should be relishing the task facing them.

"We have this problem with some important players injured but when you have this problem, it is a time that all the players can put more [effort in] on the pitch,” Mancini told reporters.

"This is the last chance for us."

The Italian also reiterated his belief that his side are not currently equipped for European success, citing the fact that it is only the club’s second year in the competition.

"For me, [managing in Europe] is the same,” Mancini added. “But if I said we are ready to win the Champions League, this is not true. We need to improve.

"Probably there are other teams better than us in this competition because they have played every year in the Champions League."