Dortmund game crucial says former Blue
- 02 October 2012 08:11
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Manchester City versus Borussia Dortmund has been flagged as the ‘game to watch,’ of tomorrow night’s Champions League fixtures as the Blues look to get some points on the board in Group D.
No one is more aware of the importance of the home clash than Roberto Mancini; one former Blue has gone as far as to say the Italian’s career depends on Champions League success.
“He may not survive if they don’t win the Champions League. There’s pressure on him to win a trophy,” Danny Mills told The Mirror.
“He has to at least get to the semi-finals and show progression in the Champions League — and maybe finish in the top two in the league.
With success comes expectation and pressure. That’s what you have to deal with.
"The Champions League is the holy grail. Ask any Chelsea player would they swap a league title for the Champions League? Not a chance.
“Everybody wants that Champions League winner’s medal round their neck. If you said to City fans you can finish second or third in the league and win the Champions League, they would snap your hand off,” the former City right-back concluded.
Elsewhere this morning Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to Sergio Aguero’s comments that foreign players are hard done by when it comes to decisions.
“The Manchester United boss played down suggestions English players get preferential treatment after the Argentine claimed he was less likely to be awarded penalties and free kicks,” reports Goal.com’s John Christodoulou.
“However the veteran coach refused to become embroiled in the argument ahead of his side's Champions League clash with CFR Cluj, but did suggest that any reputation foreign players have, is down to their own actions over the years.”
"As a subject it is not worth going down because we have known for quite a few years there are plenty of players diving and, you have to say, particularly foreign players," Ferguson claimed.