Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the team should take heart from their fightback against Ajax on Tuesday despite failing to win.

City look to be heading out of the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive season after a damaging 2-2 draw with the Dutch champions at the Etihad Stadium. But after falling 2-0 down inside the first 17 minutes, Zabaleta feels encouragement can be taken from the way City hit back to almost snatch a much-needed Group D win.

"One of the positive points was that the team showed a very good spirit. It is not easy," the Argentina international said.

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