Midfielder Nigel de Jong is convinced Manchester City will turn around their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon next week.

City will have to overcome a 1-0 deficit to reach the quarter-finals after losing to a Xandao goal in the first leg against the Portuguese side on Thursday night. With City top of the Barclays Premier League and Sporting fourth in their domestic competition, the result was unexpected but De Jong believes the English club are still the favourites.

The Holland international, who returned to the side in place of suspended talisman Yaya Toure, said: "We are lucky we have two games, and everyone knows how we play at home, and we are confident we can go through to the next round."

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