Edin Dzeko has insisted that tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Villarreal will be do or die for Manchester City, as the side aim to make up for their sluggish start to the European competition.
City are currently third in the Group A table, and have four points from three matches in their first trip to the Champions League in the history of the club.
A win over Villarreal, who are currently last in the table and have lost all three matches so far, would put the side in contention for a place in the last 16, and the importance of the game is not lost on Dzeko.
"It is the most important game of the group," he said. "After the last game, we won but it was very difficult. Now we are two points behind Napoli.
"They have a tough game in Munich and I think if we win in Villarreal, we will go up to second in the group.
"I think we have to win in Spain - that's the only result to keep us in the game."
While City have been on fire in the Barclays Premier League, they haven’t been able to produce the same form in Europe, which Roberto Mancini has put down to a lack of experience in the competition.
But the side are still very much in the race to qualify for the knockout stages, with just one point separating the Citizens from Napoli and three from top-placed Bayern Munich.