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Mancini laments Manchester City's failure to reach Europe League

Manchester City finish bottom of Champions League group D after a final-day loss to Dortmund

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 2:18am

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was disappointed the English champions failed even to qualify for the Europa League after their 1-0 loss against Borussia Dortmund in their final Champions League group D match.

Their abject display against a second-string Dortmund side - who topped the group while City finished bottom - saw them become the first English side to finish a Champions League group stage with just three points and without a victory.

"Getting into the Europa League was our target tonight," said Mancini, who in his two previous seasons has guided City to the FA Cup and then the Premier League title.

"We wanted to win but to win we needed to score. We are not in the Europa League and for this we should be disappointed.

"We were in a tough group but if you make mistakes in early games as we did you will not qualify," said Mancini.

City keeper Joe Hart, probably the team's best player on the night, said it was the same old story, and he doesn't know the answer to the problem.

"There was a hunger to win tonight, and if that meant Europa League then great," said Hart, who made a series of great saves to keep the scoreline respectable.

"But we have got bigger issues than that. We were up against a weakened team and we had to win. We should be fighting to go through to the last 16 on the last day and we have only got ourselves to blame that we are not."

With their European season over, City will now focus on defending their Premier League crown with the huge Manchester derby against leaders United next up on Sunday.

"It will help [in the Premier League] because we are not in the Europa League but at the moment we cannot think about this," said Mancini, whose team are three points behind United.

"It will be different for sure, it will be a very tough game but we will recover some players."

Hart doesn't think the European flop will have an impact on their Premier League campaign. "We have been fantastic in the league though so there is no worries on that front," he said.

"We have been consistent. Hopefully we can win the league and be back [in the Champions League] next year."

Dortmund's journey in the Champions League continues after a huge campaign already - ending unbeaten in the group on 14 points.

"We didn't think we would take 14 points though I knew that we would be tough. But to win games against those types of teams is amazing," said their coach Juergen Klopp.

"There are still great teams left in the Champions League. But I think we have earned some respect. We definitely are looking forward to what comes next."

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