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Barry believes in Manchester City's Champions League future

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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry says he is not prepared to give up on another Champions League campaign just yet, and is backing his team-mates to turn things around and qualify for the knockout stages.

The Citizens are poised precariously at the bottom of Group D with one point from their opening three games, after losing away at Real Madrid and Ajax, and drawing at home against Borussia Dortmund.

Roberto Mancini admitted that his side need a "miracle" in the aftermath of Wednesday's 3-1 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena, but insisted that the players would fight to the death for a place in the last 16.

"The way the results have gone has made it tough but we have to try to win all three games and that would give us an outside chance," said Barry. "We would have 10 points, and that is all we can do - it's a massive, massive task, but it is still there and we have to try to do it.

"Dortmund winning is the worst possible result. When you are beaten you are looking for a bit of help from elsewhere and it didn't come. But we have to concentrate on ourselves rather than looking at other teams."

Manchester City host Ajax at the Etihad Stadium next, and then welcome Jose Mourinho's side in the penultimate group stage clash before travelling to the Westfalenstadion to play Dortmund in the last round of fixtures.

Each game will be difficult in its own right, but Barry has faith that they can get the right results.

"There is an outside chance and if (the fans) are behind us all the way it will make it easier for us," he added.

"It's not over yet. You can't just roll over when there are points available and we will give it our all to try to win all three games."

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