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'Do or die' week for City says De Jong

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Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has issued a rallying call to his teammates ahead of the most important week in their season.

Roberto Mancini's Champions League hopefuls face a Barclays Premier League clash with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening in a match that could decide who finishes in the all-important fourth spot in the table.

Just four days later, the Citizens travel to Wembley with the chance to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy when they face Stoke City in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

"This is a very important week for the club, the players and the fans. This is do or die for Manchester City," said De Jong.

"Fourth place is in reach and everything is in our hands. We just have to win that game. We then have a chance to be FA Cup winners."


 

A point on Tuesday against Spurs at Eastlands will guarantee entry into Europe's elite competition, the Champions League next season.

But following City's weekend defeat at the hands of Everton, De Jong said the players must bounce back quickly over the next seven days to ensure their season is a successful one.

"We must learn from this game," he continued. "Our passing was sloppy and we lost every second ball.

"They came out with their long balls and set-pieces and that is their main danger.

"We dominated them when it was about passing on the pitch, but sometimes you have to grind it out."

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