Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is at a loss to explain the team's latest Champions League disappointment.

City's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday condemned them to elimination before the knockout stages for a second successive season. As with last year, City faced a tough group, drawn against the might of Real as well as two other domestic champions in Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.

But with City boasting plenty of world-class talent of their own, Zabaleta is puzzled as to why they have failed to win any of their first five Group D games. The Argentina international said: "It's the second year in a row that this has happened - it's hard to see, when you see the players that we have."

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