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Why Manchester City won't win the Champions League

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Can Pellegrini lead City to the Champions League final? (©GettyImages)
Can Pellegrini lead City to the Champions League final? (©GettyImages).

Manchester City suffered a convincing 3-1 home defeat at the hands of European champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The German side eased to victory after having the majority of possession and forcing City into making errors that cannot be allowed to happen against opposition of Munich's quality. 

A lot has been made over City's failures in Europe. The club have unsuccessfully escaped from the CL group stage in both of their first two attempts. City finished below Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax in Group D last season and failed to even claim the losers prize of a place in the Europa League. 

The fact that City have spent over £100 million in the summer proves that they see the Champions League as the place they want and need to be. But if you look deeper into their acquisitions they haven't purchased any 'Champions League' players. 

Both Alvaro Negrado and Jesus Navas were signed from struggling La Liga side Sevilla and although they shone in the league - despite playing for a team that wasn't amongst the title contenders - they lack European experience. 

Fernandinho who has established himself as a key component of the City midfield already, only has experience in the Champions League with former side Shakhtar Donestk. The Brazilian does not have the experience of playing in the latter stages of the tournament like many of the top club's players do who are competing for the CL title. 

Within the City defence it is Gael Clichy who stands out as the benchmark of experience needed to succeed in Europe. 

Clichy was part of an Arsenal team that competed at the highest level for eight years. The France full-back was an unused sub in the final during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona. 

Club captain Vincent Kompany is one the club's most consistent and head strong players but also does not have the experience you would expect him to have in the Champions League.

He has had six unsuccessful seasons in the Champions League with City, Hamburg and Anderlecht combined. 

Despite having won the Premier League title two years ago, Manchester City are yet to prove they have a squad capable of challenging for European honours. The talent amongst the squad is undoubtable - international quality in all positions. But it may take a few more seasons for the squad to understand the tough task of European football. 

They must adapt their playing style and formation to suit the competition. Not every game is a must win game. Sir Alex Ferguson often took his Manchester United side to tricky away matches knowing that a draw was a suitable result. 

The statue of Manchester City now meant that last night's game was a potential early rehearsal for May's final. That assumption looks to be dead in the water now - with the squad showing they do not yet have what it takes to win Europe's stellar competition. 

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