Considering the vast amounts of money that have been invested in the City team, it would be fair to say that the club have flattered to deceive when it comes to Champions League football. After the disastrous campaign in the competition last term and the defeat to Real Madrid in the opening game this time around, Yaya Toure has urged his teammates to get over their European blues and establish themselves as a big force in the tournament.
City famously exited Europe at the group stage last term, even though they were eventually named as Premier League champions. Following the loss to Madrid a couple of weeks ago, there are worries that the same could happen for a successive season with Roberto Mancini’s men poised for some tricky games against the likes of Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in the forthcoming weeks.
Midfielder Toure is fully aware of the above and says it is vital that City start to record some positive results. Ahead of the game against German champions Dortmund, the Ivory Coast star said, “The first year was quite hard. This can be massive for us to get to the second round. We know we are in a tough group and we have to get a good result. In our life we know what we have to do but we understand the position we are in because we lost in Madrid. With a team like this we can go very far in the competition.”
City will approach the game with a couple of issues in defence, with Maicon and Micah Richards set to miss out as injuries hinder them. On a more positive note, Jack Rodwell could play after recovering from the groin problem that kept him out of the last couple of matches against Aston Villa and Fulham.